Hamas chief says seek to ceasefire, with demands fulfilled
Chief of the Hamas politburo Khaled Meshaal said here Monday that the Islamic group wants to reach a truce with Israel, with its demands met, Xinhua reported.
Meshaal said at a press conference after meeting with Egyptian officials, who are trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians, that his group is committed to efforts that aim to reach a truce, but Israel must stop its aggression.
He said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to destroy the infrastructure of the Palestinian resistance, but he failed as the resistance responded strongly on the ground.
"Netanyahu called the United States, Europe and Egypt, asking for a truce, not Hamas," Meshaal said, adding that whoever started the war must stop it, and the war must stop "under our conditions prior to the one who started it."
A 60-person delegation of Egyptian political powers, led by chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed Saad al-Katatni, arrived Monday in Gaza via Rafah crossing in solidarity with the Palestinian people against continuous Israeli air raids on the coastal enclave, which started Wednesday.
The health ministry in Gaza said that 27 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli attacks Monday, putting the death toll in Gaza since Wednesday at 100..