A senior Hamas official said that the movement is open to discussions about a possible truce with Israel, because it has “achieved its goals.”
Musa Abu Marzouk told Al Jazeera that Hamas was open to “this kind of political dialogue” when asked if the Islamist group was ready to discuss a possible ceasefire.
According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, 687 people have been killed and 3,726 others injured in Israeli operations in the Gaza Strip so far. The ministry spokesman added that among the dead were 140 children and 105 women.
Hamas threatens to execute the hostages
Meanwhile, Hamas threatens to begin executing captured Israeli civilians in response to any new Israeli bombing of homes in Gaza without warning.
Abu Ubaida, the group’s spokesman, said that his fighters act in accordance with Islamic teachings and make sure that the Israeli prisoners remain safe and sound. He blamed the potential executions on Israel, which has been stepping up bombing and killing civilians in their homes with air strikes without warning.
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