Hamas leader Khalil al-Haya (right) and Islamic Jihad leader Daoud Shihab (agencies)

Two leaders of the Palestinian resistance factions told Al Jazeera that the humanitarian truce between Israel and the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip is renewable, and indicated the possibility of a broader prisoner exchange deal.

Khalil al-Hayya, a member of Hamas' political bureau, promised that the Palestinian movement "dealt positively with the prisoner exchange deal and was keen to abide by the terms of the exchange deal."

However, he told Al Jazeera that "the occupation did not abide by its commitments," noting that Hamas had been concerned from day one with "returning the detainees, women and children, to their families," and that it was "striving hard to secure the release of more civilian detainees."

Referring to the possibility of extending the truce, the official in charge of Arab-Islamic relations linked Hamas to "Hamas securing an additional number of detainees, locating them and informing the parties," stressing that Hamas "is serious about reaching a comprehensive deal for the exchange of prisoners."

Regarding the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, Khalil al-Haya pointed out that Hamas wants to "stop the aggression against our people and the entry of aid into the Gaza Strip," and criticized the United Nations for not doing the work required of it in delivering aid, and asked the mediators to pressure the United Nations to deliver aid to the north and south of the Strip.

Conditions of resistance

Islamic Jihad leader Daoud Shihab said the extension of the humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip was subject to the assessment of the Palestinian resistance, stressing its commitment to "the interests of the Palestinian people more than anything else."

He added that "all steps taken by the resistance are subject to evaluation, study and coordination," and stressed the movement's quest to "stop the war and confront the displacement plan," noting at the same time that "the occupation is not allowed to change the conditions of the Palestinian resistance."

"There must be clear guarantees that Israeli violations will not be repeated," Daoud said.

He said that the current truce is specifically related to the civilian prisoners of the resistance, stressing that "the release of prisoners of the Israeli enemy has a price, and we are concerned with the continuation of the efforts of the mediators and are open to them."

Potential deal

Last Friday, a temporary 4-day humanitarian truce began between Israel and Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip, following the success of Qatari mediation efforts in cooperation with Egypt and the United States.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had spoken with US President Joe Biden and informed him that Israel would resume its operations with full force in Gaza with the end of the truce, but welcomed the possibility of releasing 10 hostages for every additional day of truce.

For his part, John Viner, deputy US national security adviser, said that Washington believes that the extension of the truce and the prisoner exchange deal is possible, and added - in televised statements - that the extension of the deal will be if Hamas is ready to continue the release of Israeli detainees.

Source : Al Jazeera