Hamas condemns Biden for saying ‘truce tomorrow if hostages freed’

DOHA: Remarks by US Prez Joe Biden that a ceasefire in Gaza would be possible if Hamas released its hostages are a “setback” to negotiations, the Palestinian militant goup said Sunday. “We condemn this position by the US prez, we consider it a setback from the outcomes of the latest round of negotiations, which led to the movement’s agreement to proposal put forward by mediators,” Hamas said in a statement.
Biden said on Saturday that a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war would be possible “tomorrow” if Hamas gave up hostages seized in its Oct 7 attack.The US prez raised the topic of the hostages during a speech in Seattle.
Negotiations between Hamas and Israel for a truce and hostage exchange deal, mediated by Egypt, Qatar and the US, appear to have stalled amid Israeli military action in the southern Gaza city. Hamas said Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had “rushed to overturn” the talks by launching an offensive in Rafah.


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