Hamas submits 'final proposal' to cease-fire mediators

Sinwar's deputy delivers list of demands in response to proposed agreement, according to report out of Jordan, including assurances of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, release of high-value prisoners serving long sentences and unrestricted aid delivery to all areas of the Strip

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar's deputy Khalil al-Hayya on Wednesday presented the terror group's final proposal for a cease-fire to Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, according to a report out ofJordan.
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The document proposes: a pause in the fighting one week before hostages are released; an agreement that Israel would withdraw its forces from the Gaza Strip, with international guarantees that this would occur; and a demand that the cease-fire would be "the end of the aggression against Gaza" and not a humanitarian pause.
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יחיא סינוואר
יחיא סינוואר
Hamas leader in Gaza Yayha Sinwar
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The Hamas response, reported in Rai-al-Youm, includes a demand that aid be delivered to all of the Gaza Strip. After the first week without fighting, the "exchange process" would begin, and Hamas does not object to those releases being made in stages, as long as there are international guarantees.
The document says Hamas firmly opposes sending released Palestinian prisoners out of the Palestinian territories.
Hamas demands the release of all 57 Palestinians who were released in the 2011 Shalit prisoner swap but arrested again later in addition to those exchanged for hostages. The group said it would provide a list of the names of prisoners it requires to be released 48 hours ahead of each exchange and that it will not provide a full list of the prisoners to be included in the entire process in advance
Hamas also provided the names of 160 prisoners that must be released in the first stage of the exchange. Among them are some serving long sentences for serious crimes.
On the list is Marwan Barghouti, a prominent member of Fatah serving multiple life sentences for his role in deadly terror attacks that resulted in the deaths of five Israelis, and a possible successor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
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מרואן ברגותי
Hamas seeks to free prominent Fatah member Marwan Barghouti
(Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP)
Hamas is also demanding the release of Ahmed Saadat, the secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the mastermind behind the assassination of then-Minister Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001; Abdullah Barghouti, a member of Hamas who was a senior commander in the terror faction's military wing in the West Bank and who is serving an unprecedented term of 67 life sentences; Ibrahim Hamed, who held the significant position of second-in-command within the terrorist organization in the West Bank; and Abbas al-Sayed, the second mastermind behind the devastating bombing at Netanya's Park Hotel in 2002 that killed 30 civilians during a Passover seder.
Hamas also demands the release of all women, children, infirm and elderly held by Israel.
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