Hamas denies Senegal remarks on Gaza ceasefire

The Palestinian group Hamas denied a Senegalese government statement on Monday that the Islamist group was ready to sign a ceasefire agreement for Gaza.

Hamas denies Senegal remarks on Gaza ceasefire
Senegal's Foreign Ministry had said that Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal had told Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade in a phone call that he was ready to sign a ceasefire that would involve Israel ending its attacks and blockade of the territory.

"The Hamas movement officially denies what came in the Senegalese foreign ministry statement issued in Dakar," Hamas official Osama Hamdan, the group's representative in Lebanon, told Reuters.

Meshaal, who is based in Damascus, had told Wade that what was required was an end to the "barbaric Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip and lifting the siege of the Gaza Strip completely and finally", Hamdan said.

"Any talk about the future in any matter will not happen until after the end of the attack and the lifting of the siege," Hamdan added, quoting Meshaal's conversation with Wade, current president of the 56-member Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

More than 300 Palestinians have been killed in three days of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

The Senegalese statement said Wade had proposed "a definitive truce between Israel and Hamas through the signing of an agreement".

"The Hamas leader said he was ready to sign such an accord in a place to be chosen by common consent between the two sides," the ministry had said in the statement.

In a separate statement, Wade condemned the Israeli air strikes on Gaza as unacceptable.

"The acting president of the OIC demands that Israel immediately stop the air bombardments and abstains from all attacks on the Palestinian territory.

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