Israel says Hamas has rejected hostage deal proposal

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Hamas has rejected the latest proposal for a deal to return Israeli hostages and Israel will continue to pursue its objectives in Gaza “with full force,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement.

The statement said that the rejection of the proposals showed that Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, did not want a deal and was trying to exploit tensions with Iran and bring about a regional escalation of the conflict.

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“The rejection of the proposal... proves that (Hamas chief in Gaza Yahya) Sinwar does not want a humanitarian deal and the return of the hostages, is continuing to exploit the tension with Iran” and is aiming for “a general escalation in the region,” Israel’s Mossad spy agency said in a statement released by the Israeli prime minister’s office.

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