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Hamas Rejects Biden-proposed Deal on Freeing Hostages - Reports

© AFP 2023 / Mahmud HamsThe militant wing of Hamas in Palestine.
The militant wing of Hamas in Palestine. - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.06.2024
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Palestinian movement Hamas has rejected a proposal on freeing hostages, which was presented by US President Joe Biden, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an Israeli official.
The official also said that Israel has received a response from Hamas via the mediators, adding that the movement changed the main parameters of Biden’s proposal.
Earlier, White House National Security Communications Advisor John Kirby said the US received Hamas’ response to the proposal on a Gaza ceasefire and hostage deal and were evaluating it.
"We were in receipt of this reply that Hamas delivered to Qatar and to Egypt, and we are evaluating it right now," Kirby said during a press briefing, declining to provide any more details, except it was "certainly helpful" for US to receive any response from Hamas.
Earlier in the day, Basem Naim, a member of the political office of Hamas, told Sputnik that the movement has responded to mediators regarding the ceasefire proposal.

"The Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Qatar announce that they have received the response of Hamas and Palestinian factions to the latest proposal for a ceasefire deal and exchange of prisoners and detainees on June 11," the ministry said, adding that the response will be evaluated in coordination with the US.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reported, citing sources, that Hamas’ response includes full withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Gaza Strip, including Rafah and the border area with Egypt.
Boys watch smoke billowing during Israeli strikes east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 13, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.05.2024
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