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Hamas official: No response to demands has been received

Aug. 6, 2014 2:12 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 7, 2014 3:27 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas' delegation to Cairo has not received an official response to the demands the delegation submitted to Israel via Egyptian mediators, an official said Tuesday.

Israeli media reported earlier Tuesday that Egypt had told Hamas that demands such as building a seaport and airport, in addition to the opening of the Rafah crossing, were not up for discussion.

But Hamas official Izzat al-Rishiq told Ma'an TV that "what is being said about some of the demands being rejected" is not true.

Al-Rishiq said Hamas would continue insisting on an end to Israel's siege on Gaza, the release of Shalit-deal prisoners whom Israel has re-arrested, the building a seaport and an airport in Gaza, and the creation of a safe passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

"These are the demands the Palestinian people as a whole, and every single letter in the demands has been baptized by virtuous Palestinian blood, and the people of the Gaza Strip have already paid the price in destruction of hundreds of houses and mosques."

Al-Rishiq warned against any attempts by Israel to shrug off the demands, saying: "Resistance fighters have their hands on the trigger."

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are in Cairo in an effort to secure a lasting truce between Israel and militant groups in Gaza.

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