Hamas Says Ready to Negotiate UN Security Council Ceasefire Resolution

By Yoni Weiss

Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, Gaza Strip, on May 30. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana, File)

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters on Tuesday that Hamas has accepted a UN Security Council ceasefire resolution and is prepared to negotiate the details.

The resolution aligns with President Joe Biden’s three-phased ceasefire plan, which Israel has conveyed to Hamas through US mediators. However, it is uncertain if Israel and the US fully agree on all aspects of the plan.

Rafah, the last major stronghold of Hamas, remains a focal point in Israel’s efforts to dismantle the group following the Oct. 7 massacre.

The US has urged Israel to avoid a large-scale assault on Rafah to prevent widespread destruction and a humanitarian crisis. Israel has committed to distinguishing between civilian populations and combatants, allowing hundreds of trucks to deliver aid into Gaza daily, including via a floating pier established by the US military.

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