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United States reviews Hamas’ response to truce plan in Gaza

On Tuesday, two senior Hamas officials announced that the Palestinian Islamist movement had provided its official response to Egyptian and Qatari mediators regarding the ceasefire plan proposed by Israel and announced by Joe Biden on May 31. While they did not reveal whether or not Hamas had accepted the plan, they emphasized the importance of a “total stop of aggression” in Gaza.

A senior Hamas official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Hamas had officially transmitted its response to the mediators. The response prioritizes the interests of the Palestinian people and calls for a complete halt to the ongoing aggression in Gaza. Hamas and Islamic Jihad issued a joint statement expressing readiness to engage positively to reach an agreement that would end the conflict.

The response reportedly includes amendments to the Israeli proposal, such as a timetable for a permanent ceasefire and the total withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza. Discussions will continue through the Qatari and Egyptian mediators, in coordination with the United States. The UN Security Council adopted a draft American resolution supporting the ceasefire plan, urging both parties to implement its terms without delay.

American Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the Israeli Prime Minister had reaffirmed his commitment to a ceasefire in Gaza, but noted that Hamas had not yet accepted the proposal. While Israel had not formally accepted the roadmap for a ceasefire presented by President Biden, Hamas welcomed certain elements of the resolution. The truce project in three phases involves a series of actions aimed at ending the conflict and initiating

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