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Hamas receives latest Israeli proposal amid efforts to revive Gaza talks

Palestinian group Hamas says it has received Israel’s official response to its latest proposal about a possible ceasefire in Gaza and will study the document before submitting a reply. “Hamas has received today the official response of the Zionist occupation to the proposal presented to the Egyptian and the Qatari mediators on April 13,” deputy Gaza chief Khalil al-Hayya said in a statement published by the group on Saturday. After more than six months of Israel’s brutal war on the Gaza Strip, negotiations to bring about a ceasefire remain deadlocked, with Hamas sticking to its demands that any agreement with Israel must bring an end to Israel’s war on the Palestinian enclave. An Egyptian delegation visited Israel for discussion with Israeli officials on Friday, looking for a way to restart talks to end the conflict and return remaining captives held in Gaza following the October 7 attacks on southern Israel, an official briefed on the meetings told the French news agency AFP. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said Israel had no newproposals to make, although it was willing to consider a limited truce in which 33 captives would be released by Hamas, instead of the 40 previously under discussion. On Thursday, the United States and 17 other countries appealed to Hamas to release all of its captives as a pathway to end the war. In a statement issued on Friday, Hamas said it was “open to any ideas or proposals that take into account the needs and rights of our people”. However, the group stuck to its key demand that Israel end its war on Gaza and criticised the joint statement issued by the US and others for not calling for a permanent ceasefire, and the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the war-torn Palestinian enclave. Aljazeera

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