Hamas official says group wants hostages-prisoners deal, but Netanyahu wants war

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Hamas wants calmness and a real hostages-for-prisoners swap deal, but Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the war to continue, Hamas senior official Khalil Al-Hayya said on Friday.

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“Hamas did not suspend nor withdraw from the (ceasefire) negotiations; the occupation turned against the mediators’ proposal,” Al-Hayya added in comments to Al Araby TV published by Hamas.

The Palestinian militant group said on Friday efforts to agree to a ceasefire for the Gaza Strip were back at square one after Israel effectively rejected a proposal by international mediators.

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