Hamas backs UN decision for Gaza ceasefire

(MENAFN) Hamas has endorsed a United Nations Security Council resolution advocating for a ceasefire in Gaza, the militant group announced on Monday evening. The United States-backed resolution received 14 votes in favor, with Russia abstaining, following its finalization by Washington on Sunday.

In a statement quoted by Reuters, Hamas expressed support for the resolution's provisions, which include a permanent ceasefire, complete withdrawal, prisoner exchanges, reconstruction efforts, the return of displaced residents, opposition to demographic changes or reductions in Gaza's area, and the delivery of essential aid to the population.

Hamas also indicated its willingness to engage in indirect negotiations with Israel to implement these principles, aligning with the demands of their people and resistance efforts.

The White House has confirmed that Israel has accepted the ceasefire proposal, with United States President Joe Biden noting that the three-phase plan was initially an Israeli initiative.

The United Nations resolution mandates both sides to "fully implement its terms without delay and without condition." The first phase involves a six-week pause in fighting, during which Israel and Hamas are expected to begin negotiations. If talks extend beyond six weeks, the ceasefire will remain in effect as long as discussions continue.



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