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Biden at G7: Hamas has to move on Gaza ceasefire

June 13, 2024 at 8:33 pm

U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during the 50th G7 summit in Brindisi, Apulia, region of Italy on June 13, 2024. [Valeria Ferraro – Anadolu Agency]

US President, Joe Biden, said on Thursday he has not lost hope of getting agreement on a Gaza ceasefire but called on the Palestinian Hamas group to step up, Reuters reports.

Biden, asked if he was confident there will be a ceasefire deal between Hamas in Israel soon, he said, “No,” adding, “I haven’t lost hope, but it’s going to be tough.”

“Hamas has … to move,” he told reporters.

Negotiators from the US, Egypt and Qatar have tried for months to mediate a ceasefire in the conflict – which has killed tens of thousands of Palestinians and devastated the heavily populated enclave – and free hostages taken from Israel in October, more than 100 of whom are believed to remain captive in Gaza.

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