Senior political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khalil Al-Hayya, holds a press conference on 18 June 2017 in Gaza City
Deputy Head of The Islamic Terrorist Group Hamas, Khalil Al-Hajjah Screenshot/MEMO

The deputy head of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, Khalil al-Hajjah, said in Cairo that negotiations for a long-term ceasefire with Israel are in the “final stretch” but will be completed only after the “Feast of Sacrifice” (Eid al-Adha) in late August.

The possible agreement is based on the understandings that followed Operation Protector Margin, agreed upon after the last war in Gaza in 2014, he told reporters. “We are in favor of a calm in Gaza so that our people can live in dignity while the struggle against Israel continues,” he said.

Almost all Palestinian factions sent their representatives to the talks in Cairo, except the nationalist Fatah movement which is boycotting the negotiations.

“We have concluded a round of negotiations in Cairo with Palestinian factions regarding a ceasefire and reconciliation” between Hamas and Fatah, said Izzat al-Rishq, a member of the political office of the Islamist terrorist organization, on his Twitter account.

“We have made it clear that we will insist that all measures be undertaken within our collective interests. We presented our vision of calm and listened to ideas and comments from our factional brethren,” one of the leaders of Hamas’s leadership abroad added to the report.

The group’s goal is to lift the blockade of Gaza, said Hussam Badran, another Hamas leader.

“Discussions in Cairo have been focusing on the mechanisms to stabilize the region in a way that will lead to the breaking of the siege of the Gaza Strip,” Badran said.