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Report: Hamas unveils conditions for 'lasting ceasefire' with Israel

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Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, June 28, 2021.
Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via APIsmail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, June 28, 2021.

The conditions include freedom of movement inside the buffer zone along the Gaza borders

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas told Egyptian representatives mediating its negotiations with Israel that it guarantees a lasting ceasefire and a prisoner swap should the Jewish state adhere to a number of conditions, according to the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen outlet. 

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The conditions include freedom of movement for Palestinians inside the buffer zone along the borders of the enclave, and for Israeli military vehicles to refrain from "incursions" into eastern border areas.  

Hamas was committed to maintaining the calm as long as Israel adheres to it, the report said. 

"Consolidating the calm is part of the agreement to establish the mutual ceasefire," the report quoted Hamas negotiators as saying. 

Regarding the issue of Israeli prisoners, Hamas claimed that it had supplied the Egyptians with a complete roadmap for the prisoner swap deal; the terrorist group considers that "the ball regarding the exchange deal is now in Israel's court."

Egypt, in coordination with the United States, has longstanding relations with both sides in the conflict and played a key role in brokering several ceasefires between the Gaza-based terrorists and the Jewish state. 

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