Report: Destruction in Gaza may have pushed Hamas to drop demands

The Times of Israel reports: “The extent of destruction caused by the war in the Gaza Strip may have led Hamas to lighten its demands in the hostage and ceasefire negotiations, The Associated Press reported on Monday citing several Middle Eastern and US officials.

AFP reported on Sunday that Hamas backed down from its demand for a permanent ceasefire as a condition for the negotiations.

The AP report states that messages from several senior Hamas officials in Gaza urged the group’s exiled political leadership to accept the ceasefire proposal pitched by US President Joe Biden.

The messages, shared by a Middle East official familiar with the ongoing negotiations, described the heavy losses Hamas has suffered on the battlefield and the bad conditions in the Gaza Strip…”

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