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Hamas delegation leaves Egypt after ceasefire talks

(Al Jazeera Media Network) A senior Hamas delegation has reportedly left Egypt’s capital Cairo where it was discussing a ceasefire proposal with mediators, Egyptian media reported.

Hamas has repeatedly said it will not accept a deal that does not include a permanent ceasefire and a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza – which have been major sticking points in negotiations.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that the Israeli proposal was an “extraordinarily generous” offer, while Egypt’s foreign minister said he was “hopeful” about a new proposal.

UK Foreign Minister David Cameron said the potential deal will include a 40-day ceasefire in exchange for the release of captives from Gaza.

“Stopping the attacks against Palestinians is not generous,” senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan told Al Jazeera. “The attack itself is a crime, so when you stop a crime, you can’t claim that it’s a generous action from the Israeli side.”

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