Haniyeh says return to calm 'possible'

Haniyeh said that the "return to calm is possible and depends on the commitment of the occupation to a complete ceasefire."

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May 5, 2019 22:06
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh next to his destroyed office (REUTERS/Handout)

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh next to his destroyed office (REUTERS/Handout). (photo credit: HANDOUT/REUTERS)

 
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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Sunday night that he does not rule out the possibility of reaching a ceasefire agreement with Israel.

In a statement, Haniyeh said that the "return to calm is possible and depends on the commitment of the occupation to a complete ceasefire."

Haniyeh said any ceasefire should also include the weekly protests along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, also known as the Great March of Return.


"The response of the resistance is linked to the level of Zionist aggression," Haniyeh said, adding that Israel must also abide by the recent Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire understandings between the Gaza-based groups and Israel.

"The slow pace of the implementation of the understandings and the attempt to gain time have created an increased state of tension among our people in Gaza because of the crimes committed by the occupation during the current aggression," the Hamas leader added.

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