Hamas says talks on truce deal to resume next week

Hamas says talks on a Gaza ceasefire and hostage release will resume next week after its delegation left Cairo with negotiations seemingly stuck.

“Hamas’s delegation left Cairo this morning for consultation with the leadership of the movement, with negotiations and efforts continuing to stop the aggression, return the displaced and bring in relief aid to our people,” a Hamas statement says.

Hamas spokesman Jihad Taha says Israel “refuses to commit to and give guarantees regarding the ceasefire, the return of the displaced, and withdrawal from the areas of its incursion.”

But he said the talks are still ongoing and will resume next week.

There is no immediate comment from Israel.

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri says Israel has been “thwarting” efforts to conclude a ceasefire deal mediated by Qatar and Egypt during four days of talks hosted by Cairo.


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