Hamas senior official says group wants real hostages/prisoners deal, but Netanyahu wants war to continue

Aftermath of an Israeli strike on a house in Rafah

CAIRO (Reuters) -Hamas wants calmness and a real hostages-for-prisoners swap deal, but Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the war to continue, Hamas senior official Khalil Al-Hayya said on Friday.

"Hamas did not suspend nor withdraw from the (ceasefire)negotiations; the occupation turned against the mediators’ proposal," Al-Hayya added in comments to Al Araby TV published by Hamas.

The Palestinian militant group said on Friday efforts to agree to a ceasefire for the Gaza Strip were back at square one after Israel effectively rejected a proposal by international mediators.

(Reporting by Yomna Ehab, Enas Alashray and Nidal Al Mughrabi; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis)