“500 Palestinian prisoners for each Israeli captive,” says senior Hamas official

Palestine

Published: 2024-02-22 17:24

Last Updated: 2024-04-20 09:32


Mousa Abu Marzook attends the funeral of Saleh Arouri, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, January 4, 2024. (File photo/AP)
Mousa Abu Marzook attends the funeral of Saleh Arouri, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, January 4, 2024. (File photo/AP)

Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas official based in Cairo, stated that there “could be a lot of breakthroughs in negotiations regarding a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,” adding that Hamas stipulated the release of 500 Palestinian prisoners from “Israeli” prisons in exchange for each “Israeli” captive.

In statements made to Egyptian newspaper “Alghad,” Abu Marzook emphasized that “stopping the genocide and returning to north Gaza” are two fundamental conditions that Hamas put on the table in the negotiation process.


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Regarding the looming Rafah offensive planned by the “Israeli” army, he added that Hamas refuses to release the captives held in Gaza in exchange for halting the attack.

Al-Qassam’s fighters in Rafah are more prepared and were not part of the forces that took part in the previous battles, Abu Marzook said.

Abu Marzook praised the Egyptian stance from the “Israeli” escalation in the Gaza Strip, and their steadfast position in refusing the “Israeli” side's plans to displace Palestinians over into Egypt.

He added that Hamas does not view governing Gaza as a “goal” and that it supports any authority capable of ruling the Strip and Palestinian lands.

“[Hamas] since 2017 announced that it accepts what Palestinian people accept without any objection.”

He reiterated that the goal of “Operation Aqsa Typhoon” was to protect Al-Aqsa mosque, warning that any violations would further exacerbate the situation.

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