AL Chief: Although Hamas accepted Egyptian-Qatari proposal for a ceasefire, Israel has bad intentions



Mon, 06 May 2024 - 09:45 GMT


Mon, 06 May 2024 - 09:45 GMT

FILE- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit

FILE- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit

CAIRO – 6 May 2024: Secretary General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that although Hamas accepted the Egyptian-Qatari offer for a ceasefire, Israel’s maneuvers indicate its bad intentions


He called on the Security Council, especially the United States and the Western countries that support Israel, to assume their responsibilities and curb the occupation force.


President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that he is closely following up on the positive developments in the ongoing negotiations regarding reaching a comprehensive ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.


“I am closely following the positive developments pertinent to the ongoing negotiations to reach a comprehensive truce in the Gaza Strip. I call on all parties to exert more efforts to reach an agreement that will end the humanitarian tragedy from which the Palestinian people are suffering and finalize the exchange of hostages and prisoners,” said President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on his official Facebook page on Monday evening.


The Hamas movement informed the Egyptian and Qatari mediators of the movement’s approval of the Egyptian proposal on a ceasefire agreement in the besieged Gaza Strip. Israel, which is still bombing the civilians in the besieged strip, received the Hamas’ approval and will consider its response.


In a statement, the movement announced that Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, made a phone call with Egyptian Minister of Intelligence Abbas Kamel and Qatari Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, informing them the Hamas' approval of the proposal regarding a ceasefire agreement.


The movement’s approval came after intensified efforts made by Egypt and other international parties to contain the situation and prevent escalation of the war when the Israeli army called on residents east of Rafah city in the Gaza Strip to evacuate the area immediately ahead of a ground offensive against the city.


According to Al Qahera News, the Egyptian proposal entails the release of 20-40 captives currently held by Hamas in Gaza, in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners serving lengthy sentences or who are elderly.


Hamas leaders told media that the proposal would be implemented in three phases. The proposal includes a complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the return of displaced people to their homes in the north and the center of the strip, and an exchange of prisoners.


The proposal includes in its second phase the direct announcement of a permanent cessation of military and hostile operations. The leaders added that US President Joe Biden is clearly committed to ensuring the implementation of the agreement.




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