Hamas ready to accept humanitarian truce with conditions

2014-07-23 22:32
Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal (Left) and Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (Right) wave from the rooftop of a vehicle during a parade following Mashaal's arrival in Gaza City. (AFP)

Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal (Left) and Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (Right) wave from the rooftop of a vehicle during a parade following Mashaal's arrival in Gaza City. (AFP)

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Doha - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said he was ready to accept a humanitarian truce in Gaza where the Islamist group is fighting an Israeli military offensive, but would not agree to a full ceasefire until the terms had been negotiated.

"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.

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