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Hamas terrorists voiced their position in negotiations and shelled Israel

Hamas terrorists voiced their position in negotiations and shelled Israel Photo: Hamas has presented demands for a comprehensive ceasefire (Getty Images)

The Palestinian radical group Hamas has informed mediators that it will adhere to its initial position of achieving a comprehensive ceasefire, reports The Times of Israel.

The group's position includes the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip, the return of displaced Palestinians, and a "real" exchange of prisoners.

The terrorists cited Israel's failure to respond to any of the Palestinians' main demands as the reason for their statement: a comprehensive ceasefire, the withdrawal of troops from the Gaza Strip, the return of displaced persons, and a real prisoner exchange.

Israel consistently rejects Hamas's demands for a complete troop withdrawal and a permanent ceasefire, while the terrorist group conditions any further hostage releases on Israel's commitment to cease hostilities.

Tel Aviv dismissed this demand as absurd and insisted that its military campaign to destroy Hamas's military and leadership capabilities would resume once any ceasefire agreement involving hostage releases was implemented.

Shelling of Israel

On Monday, March 25, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched more than a dozen rockets at southern Israel.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, three rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards the southern city of Sderot. All of them were intercepted by air defense systems.

Israel-Hamas war and peace talks

On October 7, 2023, militants from the radical Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas launched a large-scale attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip. In the initial days of the attacks, terrorists killed 1200 people and abducted around 253 Israelis and foreigners.

In response to the invasion, at the end of October, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) began a ground military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which continues to this day. Thousands of civilians have been killed in the region as a result of the large-scale combat operations and shelling.

Last week, multilateral talks on a ceasefire began in Doha, Qatar. The administration of US President Joe Biden has called for an immediate ceasefire in the region for the first time.

On March 25, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip until the end of Ramadan. However, Israel has refused to halt its offensive against Hamas.