Hamas gives response to ceasefire proposal

Qatar and Egypt have received Hamas’s response to the latest ceasefire proposal, the Qatari Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.

The ministry did not provide many details about Hamas’s response, though the statement said both Qatar and Egypt “confirm that their joint mediation efforts with the United States of America will continue until an agreement is reached, and that the mediators will examine the response and coordinate with the parties concerned regarding the next steps.”

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed the U.S. was aware that Hamas had replied but did not provide details.

“We are evaluating it right now,” he said. “It’s certainly helpful that we have a response.”

Kirby also noted that in the past, when Hamas mediators reach out to the Egyptian and Qatari mediators, they have done so with the approval of military leader Yahya Sinwar.

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