Hamas will deal ‘positively’ with any ceasefire deal based on war’s total halt

Hamas will deal “seriously and positively” with any ceasefire agreement that is based on the total halt of war, complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and an Israeli hostages-Palestinian prisoners swap deal, Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Wednesday. Israel earlier repeated its refusal to halt the Gaza offensive for a resumption of hostage-release talks with the Palestinian militant group. Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded.

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