Hamas source refutes claims that group has agreed to deal without full ceasefire

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

IDF troops operate in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood, in a handout image published July 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF troops operate in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighborhood, in a handout image published July 9, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

A Hamas source tells the Saudi Al Arabiya outlet that reports about the terror group agreeing in principle to a hostage deal that doesn’t guarantee a “comprehensive ceasefire” are inaccurate.

The Hamas official stresses that the group’s other fundamental demand is “a complete withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.”

Israel continues to insist that it will not agree to an end to the war in Gaza before all of its war aims are met, including the destruction of Hamas as a military and governing authority, and the return of all 120 hostages still in Gaza.

In addition to talks in Doha tomorrow, the source adds that there will also be discussions in Cairo on Thursday.

Mossad chief David Barnea is scheduled to meet tomorrow with his US and Egyptian counterparts, along with the Qatari prime minister.

“There is agreement on many of the outstanding points between Hamas and Israel,” reports the Saudi outlet.

However, the Hamas source alleges that Israel only wants to discuss the release of security prisoners, “while Hamas wants comprehensive negotiations.”

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