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(CNN) – Hamas is “committed” to adhering to the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire, claiming the cease-fire was created "mainly by the efforts of Palestinian delegation, including Hamas," Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan said in an interview with CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
The group, considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, had previously refused to adhere to any cease-fire that wouldn’t, in their view, improve the lives of the people of Gaza. Hamdan expressed his hope that Israel would also honor the truce, pointing to Israel’s latest strike on a U.N.-run shelter and emphasizing the condemnation of the attack by both the United States and the United Nations.
“We hope the Israeli side will be committed to the cease-fire and they won’t violate that like what had happened in the last 72 hours, where they committed a massacre in Rafah,” he said.
Key to the conflict is language included in Hamas’ charter, which calls for the killing of Jews: “The day of judgment will not come about until Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them.” When pressed about considering removing the provision, Hamdan insisted Israel must first end its occupation of the disputed territory.
“We want our land to be free, we want our people to be free...If they are against a sentence here or there, we want them to change the occupation, we want them to withdraw from our occupied lands,” Hamdan said.