Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad Submit Counterproposal for Gaza Ceasefire, Rejecting Hostage Release Demand

Hamas reacts to proposed US ceasefire plan in Gaza

In response to the US proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza war, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad have submitted their plan to the Qatari and Egyptian mediators. They have stated that they are committed to working towards an agreement that will end the war, prioritizing the interests of the Palestinian people.

Anonymous sources suggest that Hamas made changes to the proposal, rejecting the idea of releasing hostages as presented by President Biden. The White House is currently reviewing Hamas’ response to the proposal.

The US, Egypt, and Qatar have been working for months to mediate an agreement between Israel and Hamas. President Biden’s three-stage plan for a ceasefire includes the release of Israeli hostages and the eventual reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has promoted this plan during a recent trip to the Middle East, receiving support from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite ongoing efforts, a lasting agreement has yet to be reached.

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