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Hamas officially rejects Egypt truce initiative

July 16, 2014 10:25 P.M. (Updated: July 16, 2014 10:25 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas said on Wednesday that they had "officially" informed Cairo that they had not accepted the Egyptian peace initiative, after Israel blamed the group for breaking a ceasefire Monday.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that Hamas is open to a ceasefire with Israel, but insisted that it be under their conditions.

Hamas has insisted that any ceasefire include provisions to end the seven-year long Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip, which has crippled the region's economy.

The statements come after Israel announced the collapse of an Egyptian-negotiated truce deal on Tuesday, which Hamas officials claimed that they had never been contacted about and thus did not abide by.

"Abbas is acting in accordance with the Egyptian initiative which is no longer accepted and there is no way to proceed with," Abu Zuhri said, confirming that Hamas did not recognize the deal.

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