Hamas official says Blinken ceasefire comments are attempt to pressure the group

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri conveyed on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is throwing blames on the postponing of a Gaza ceasefire agreement on the Palestinian group unfairly.

Blinken, meeting Israeli governors to talk about the topic of how to get more aid into Gaza, has repeatedly urged Hamas to receive wholeheartedly an offer from Israel that will release hostages and get a ceasefire, describing it as “extremely generous”.

“Blinken’s remarks contradict reality. It is not queer for Blinken, who is recognised as the foreign minister of Israel, not America, to make such a statement,” Abu Zuhri revealed Reuters. Even the Israeli negotiating team agreed Netanyahu was the one who was stopping  reaching an agreement,” he added.

Abu Zuhri revealed that the group was still studying the recent ceasefire offer. Hamas is seeking a permanent ceasefire and Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, while Netanyahu says Israel wants to destroy the remaining Hamas formations in Rafah in southern Gaza for its own security, with or without a deal with Hamas.