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Hamas open to halting hostilities with Israel, Russia says

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz has ruled out a cease-fire for now.
Smoke billows from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 11, 2021.

A senior Hamas political official said the group is willing to halt its attacks on Israel if Israel does the same for Gaza, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Hamas is ready to “stop any military actions against Israel on a reciprocal basis” as long as international pressure is mustered to prevent future Israeli “military actions in the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and East Jerusalem,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas’ political wing, told Russia’s deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov today, according to the Russian ministry’s statement.

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