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Hamas says it has 'responded' to Qatar, Egypt concerning ceasefire agreement

Undated picture shows the immediate aftermath of the Israeli military's bombing of the Gaza Strip, which the regime has brought under an unrelenting war since October 7, 2023.

Hamas has said it has provided a response to Qatar and Egypt concerning the potential of a ceasefire between the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian resistance movement and the Israeli regime, which has brought Gaza under an unrelenting war.

In a statement on Tuesday, Hamas' Arab and Islamic Relations Office said it had provided Qatari and Egyptian officials with the response a day earlier.

"Talks [concerning a potential ceasefire] have been going on under Qatar and Egypt's supervision for a month now," the statement read.

"The Israeli enemy, however, keeps procrastinating," it noted, adding, "Whenever we got close to temporary ceasefire, it (the enemy) went back to square one."

Also on Tuesday, senior Hamas' official Izzat al-Rishq told Al Jazeera that the details of the deal would be released by Qatar and Egypt “in the coming hours.”

He emphasized that any agreement was necessarily based on the conditions of the Palestinian resistance.

Rishq further confirmed that Israel, especially the regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had been obstructing the ceasefire talks.

More than 14,000 people have been killed in the brutal Israeli war against Gaza since October 7 when the regime launched the military campaign in response to a resistance operation on the same day, which killed some 1,200 Israeli settlers and military forces.

The Hamas' statement also strongly refuted the Israeli regime's claim that the movement ran a "command center" underneath the al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, which has taken the brunt of the Israeli assaults on the territory's healthcare system.

"The enemy's claim about the existence of [Hamas'] tunnels underneath the hospital is a farce that no one believes," the movement said.

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