Hamas says it has submitted its response to a US-backed plan for a ceasefire in Gaza.

A senior group official told the BBC that it still requires an Israeli commitment to a permanent ceasefire.

In a statement, the group, and its Palestinian Islamic Jihad, PIJ allies, expressed “readiness to positively” reach a deal.

The proposed ceasefire plan, which was endorsed by the UN security council on Monday night, calls for a six-week ceasefire that would eventually become permanent.

Qatar and Egypt, along with the US, have mediated negotiations between Israel and Hamas.

In its statement on Tuesday evening, Hamas called for a “complete halt” to fighting in Gaza.

It says the response prioritises the interests of our Palestinian people and emphasises the necessity of a complete halt to the ongoing aggression in Gaza.

The groups added that they were ready “to engage positively to reach an agreement that ends this war.”

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said it was “helpful” that Hamas had submitted a response and that US officials were “evaluating” the group’s requests.