Hamas media spokesperson, Sami Abu Zuhri, stated on Thursday that the Egyptian-mediated truce deal, which took effect on Thursday morning, is a victory for the Palestinian will and determination and is a clear proof that all attempts to weaken the Hamas movement have failed.

In a press release, Abu Zuhri stated that this agreement is a recognition of the legitimacy of the movement which was elected by the majority of the people.

He called on the International Community to reevaluate its position regarding the movement.

Abu Zuhri also added that the truce started on Thursday at 6 A.M and that his movement is committed to the truce and is determined to make it a success.

He stated that now Israel has to prove its seriousness, and said that just shortly before the truce started, the army killed one Palestinian and wounded several others in the Gaza Strip.  

Talking to reporters Thursday morning, Abu Zuhri stated that all factions are committed to the truce and the any problematic issue will be dealt with through dialogue with the Egyptian mediators.  

The Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, issued an official press release declaring its commitment to the truce as long as Israel does not violate it.