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Palestinian photojournalist Motaz Azaiza suggests Hamas has accepted a ceasefire deal with Israel, mediated by Qatar and Egypt. On Instagram, Azaiza stated, “Hamas agreed to the Qatari and the Egyptian proposal to ceasefire.” This aligns with Al Jazeera’s report claiming Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh conveyed the group’s approval to Qatari and Egyptian mediators.

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According to a Hamas statement, “Haniyeh spoke by phone with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Egyptian intelligence minister Abbas Kamel. He informed them of Hamas’s acceptance of their proposal regarding a ceasefire agreement.”

The ongoing conflict has caused immense casualties. As of today, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have resulted in at least 34,735 deaths and 78,108 injuries. Hamas rocket attacks launched on October 7th have taken 1,139 Israeli lives, with several hostages still being held.

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