No Negotiations on Prisoners without Complete Cessation of Aggression’ on Gaza – Hamas

Senior Hamas official, Osama Hamdan. (Photo: Video grab, Twitter)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The declaration was made by senior Hamas official and member of the political bureau Osama Hamdan.

Hamas reiterated on Thursday its refusal to engage in talks about a prisoner exchange with Israel unless there is a complete cessation of aggression against the Gaza Strip.

The declaration was made during a news conference in the Lebanese capital of Beirut by senior Hamas official and member of the political bureau Osama Hamdan.

“There will be no negotiation regarding any prisoner exchange deal unless there is a complete halt to aggression against the Gaza Strip and adherence to the conditions of the Resistance,” Hamdan said.

“Nothing remains for Netanyahu and his war cabinet but to declare their failure to achieve any goal in Gaza,” Hamdan also said, adding:

“Our position has always been and remains a refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the occupation over any part of our land.”.

The Hamas leader expressed the group’s willingness “to engage in all efforts aimed at ending aggression in Gaza and the West Bank, releasing prisoners, and establishing a national framework for the recovery of national rights, leading to the creation of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.”​​​​​​​

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 18,787 Palestinians have been killed and more than 50,897 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.


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