Lammy: Hamas is blocking a ceasefire in Gaza

Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy MP

At today’s Foreign Office questions session, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy MP reminded colleagues that Hamas has repeatedly rejected offers of a ceasefire deal, brokered by the US, Qatar and Egypt, in recent months.

He said: “More than 30,000 Palestinians are dead, more than 100 Israeli hostages are still unaccounted for and Gaza is facing famine. The war must end now with an immediate ceasefire. That needs both sides to agree. It was Hamas, not Israel, who rejected the last internationally brokered ceasefire deal. Now a new offer is on the table, and Hamas now have the power to stop the fighting. Does the Minister agree that Hamas should accept this deal and avert a catastrophic continuation of this war?”

You can read the full exchange here.