Palestine: Hamas leader: We are ready for a ceasefire if Gaza siege is lifted

2014-07-25 07:19:20 | Al Muslim News
Palestine: Hamas leader: We are ready for a ceasefire if Gaza siege is lifted

 

Hamas’ administrative chief Khaled Meshaal said the Palestinian movement was ready to accept a ceasefire with Israel if it agreed to lift the crippling blockade on the Gaza Strip. “Everyone wanted us to accept a ceasefire and then negotiate for our rights, we reject this and we reject it again today,” he said at a news conference in Qatar. But he said Hamas “will not close the door” to a humanitarian truce if Israel ended its siege of Gaza. Ending the eight-year blockade is a main demand of Hamas which also wants the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and Israel to free prisoners. As international calls for an end to the fighting in Gaza mount, Meshaal insisted that the Hamas “welcomes all efforts to end the aggression” and “does not object” to mediation by any party, including Egypt. “We will not accept any initiative that does not lift the blockade on our people and that does not respect their sacrifices. “Let us agree on achieving our demands and we will then agree on the zero-hour for a ceasefire,” Meshaal said. (Al-Akhbar, Reuters).

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