Hamas says it accepts UN-backed Gaza truce plan, US cites 'hopeful sign'

(VOVWORLD) - Hamas accepts a UN resolution backing a plan to end the conflict with Israel in Gaza and is ready to negotiate details, a senior official of the Palestinian militant group said on Tuesday in what the US Secretary of State called "a hopeful sign".

Conversations on plans for Gaza after the Israel-Hamas conflict ends will continue on Tuesday afternoon and in the next couple of days, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Tel Aviv after talks with Israeli leaders.

Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri said on Tuesday it accepted the ceasefire resolution and it was up to Washington to ensure that Israel abides by it.
He said Hamas accepted the formula stipulating the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza and a swap of hostages held in Gaza for Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel.