Hamas says no hostage talks unless fighting stops. Israel: Not a chance

A Hamas statement claims that it will not agree to free any more hostages or even negotiate over them until the end of fighting.

The stance, which has been trotted out by the terror group before, comes amid intense talks for a possible deal that would see hostages released in exchange for Palestinian inmates in Israeli prison. The group already claims it won’t accept a temporary truce.

A statement carried in Hebrew media reports by an Israeli official accuses the Gaza-ruling terror group of trying to condition the releases on the war ending. “It won’t happen,” the source says.

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