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Hamas says it wants to extend truce with Israel again

Hamas is “struggling to extend the truce” with Israel in the Gaza Strip, using all the cards it has in negotiations, a member of the radical Islamist group’s political bureau said.

Ghazi Hamad said that Hamas is in contact with Qatar and Egypt regarding the issue and that there are “efforts being made by other countries to press for a ceasefire.”

“We are striving to extend the truce to end the aggression once and for all, using the cards we have,” Hamad said in a statement.

The member of the political cabinet highlighted that “so far” there are no negotiations to release Israeli soldiers in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.

“We are prepared and ready to reach a comprehensive or partial agreement. The comprehensive agreement concerns the military [detidos] in exchange for the release of all Palestinian detainees from Israeli prisons, or it could be a [acordo] partial related to civilians, and this will be subject to negotiations”, explained Hamad.

Under the current truce agreement, which is now in its fifth day after an agreed two-day extension, Hamas will release 10 hostages daily, according to a senior Israeli adviser, in exchange for Israel releasing Palestinian detainees.

When the original resolution was drafted, Israeli authorities announced that there was an option for the pause to last up to 10 days, but that they did not believe it would last that long.

Source: CNN Brasil

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