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Hamas Signals Readiness for Ceasefire Deal if Israel Stops War

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The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has reached a critical juncture, with both sides entrenched in their positions. In a significant development, Hamas has announced that it is ready to engage in a comprehensive ceasefire deal if Israel halts its military operations in Gaza.

The announcement came as Israel continued its offensive in the southern city of Rafah, despite an order from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to cease hostilities. Hamas has repeatedly stated that it will not participate in further ceasefire negotiations while the aggression continues, but it is willing to engage in a “complete agreement” that includes the exchange of prisoners if Israel stops its war.

The latest statement from Hamas underscores the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where nearly 36,000 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. The health ministry in Gaza has reported that the death toll continues to rise, with at least 60 deaths reported in the past 24 hours alone.

The international community has been urging both sides to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The United States has called for a ceasefire and has proposed a new plan that includes a six-week truce, followed by negotiations on a permanent end to hostilities. The plan also includes the release of hostages and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

However, Israel has rejected past Hamas offers as insufficient and has continued its military operations in Gaza. The Israeli government has stated that it is determined to wipe out Hamas and its military capabilities, and that it will not engage in a ceasefire until its objectives are met.

The situation in Gaza remains dire, with widespread destruction and a severe shortage of basic necessities such as food, water, and medicine. The international community must continue to pressure both sides to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict and to ensure the protection of civilians in Gaza.

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