Hamas says it is studying Gaza truce proposal “in a positive spirit”

The goal of those talks, Haniyeh said, would be “to reach an agreement that meets the demands of our people and stops the aggression.”

State-linked Egyptian outlet Al-Qahera News reported Thursday that “a Hamas delegation will arrive in Cairo in the next two days to continue truce negotiations,” citing a high-level Egyptian source.

Meanwhile, Israeli government spokeswoman Raquela Karamson told reporters Thursday that “the only thing preventing an agreement is Hamas.”

“Hamas only hardens its conditions and entrenches itself in unreasonable demands,” he said.

The war began with Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on southern Israel that killed 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on official Israeli figures.

Israel estimates that 129 captives captured by militants during their attack remain in Gaza, but the military says 34 of them are dead.

“In seven months of Hamas captivity, we have never been informed about their conditions,” Karamson said.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive, which has vowed to destroy Hamas, has killed at least 34,596 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, according to the Hamas-run territory’s Health Ministry.