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Hamas submits Gaza cease-fire response to Qatar, Egypt

Hamas' formal reply comes a day after the UN Security Council passed a resolution backing the three-phase proposal.
An aerial view of damage to homes following Israeli airstrikes on April 13, 2024, in Khan Yunis, Gaza.

WASHINGTON — The United States is evaluating the formal response Hamas submitted on the proposed cease-fire plan for the Gaza Strip, the White House said Tuesday. 

The Palestinian militant group does not appear to have fully endorsed what US officials have described as an Israeli proposal to free the hostages and end the eight-month war.

Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan told Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV that the group’s response on Tuesday to mediators Qatar and Egypt included “comments on the proposal.” 

"Our response is a clear reaffirmation of our commitment to the cease-fire and withdrawal from Gaza, a commitment we have consistently upheld," Hamdan said. 

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