Hamas Rejects Israel’s Ceasefire Extension, Will ‘Resume Immediately’ On Friday

Israel has conditionally agreed to extend a ceasefire that ended the month-long self-defense operation in Gaza, an Israeli official stated on condition of anonymity. Reuters reports Wednesday night that the official did not give details about the extension, only that it had been agreed upon. “Israel has expressed its readiness to extend the truce under its current terms,” the official merely stated, referring to the 72-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” brokered by Egypt overnight Monday/Tuesday. The ceasefire took effect at 8:00 am Tuesday and was accepted by both Israel and Hamas; it is due to expire Friday. In the meantime, Hamas has rejected the idea of an extension entirely. “Israel and Hamas will resume fighting immediately at the end of the 72-hour ceasefire, at 8:00 am Friday,” a Hamas spokesperson stated Wednesday night.

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