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130,000 anti-government protesters converged in Tel Aviv demanding an immediate ceasefire

Anti-government protest organizers in Tel Aviv estimated 130,000 protesters converged downtown on Saturday night demanding an immediate ceasefire deal to bring back the captives.
News ID: 84705
Publish Date: 30June 2024 - 10:01

TEHRAN (defapress) - Hamas says there’s been no progress in ceasefire talks with Israel over the war on Gaza as tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Tel Aviv demanding the government bring back the captives and get a deal done.

130,000 anti-government protesters converged in Tel Aviv demanding an immediate ceasefire

A senior Hamas official based in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, said on Saturday that the Palestinian group is still ready to discuss any truce proposal that ends the nearly nine-month conflict.

“Once again, Hamas is ready to deal positively with any proposal that secures a permanent ceasefire, a comprehensive withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and a serious swap deal,” Hamdan told a news conference in Beirut.

Arab mediators’ efforts, backed by the United States, have so far failed to conclude a ceasefire with both sides. Hamas says any deal must end the war for good and bring full Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Israel says it will accept only temporary pauses in fighting until Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is “eradicated”.

Hamdan also blamed the United States for applying pressure on Hamas to accept Israel’s conditions.

Anti-government protest organizers in Tel Aviv estimated 130,000 Israelis converged downtown on Saturday night demanding an immediate truce deal to bring back the captives.

At a news conference held outside the defense ministry, family members of the Zionist captives made statements to the crowd.

“Do not let Netanyahu sabotage the deal again. Netanyahu’s insistence on prolonging the war stands between us and our captives,” one unidentified relative said.

“Continuing the war means killing the hostages at the hands of the Israeli government. The people understand that Netanyahu prolongs the war for personal reasons – reaching a deal would lead to early elections and end his rule.”

 

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