World Media

Egypt, Hamas Apparently Continues with Haniyyeh's Visit to Cairo

Egypt, Hamas Apparently Continues with Haniyyeh's Visit to Cairo

A total of 21 Hamas officials attended the meeting in Cairo, the Lebanese-based daily Al-Hayat reported.

A source in Hamas informed Palestinian media outlets that the delegation also includes deputy head of Hamas Khalil al-Hayya, deputy head of the political bureau, Mossa Abu Marzouq, and prominent leader Rouhi Moshtah. The Palestinian Authority recently reduced its payments to Israel for Gaza's electricity, leading the Jewish state to cut the power supply to the territory by nearly a third, precipitating Gaza's current energy shortage.

Hamas had forcibly seized control of Gaza in June 2007 after its militias routed Abbas security forces.

Oron Shaul, Hadar Goldin and Avraham Mengistu.

Relations between Cairo and Hamas improved this summer, with expectations that the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt could be reopened shortly.

For much of the last decade, Egypt has joined Israel in enforcing a crippling blockade that has deprived the enclave's roughly two million inhabitants of most basic commodities, including food, fuel and medicine. The bombing was the first time that a Palestinian had set off a suicide bomb against Hamas forces.

Hamas, both from its headquarters in the Gaza Strip as well as from overseas, continues to try and carry out attacks in the West Bank and inside the Green Line, in order to undermine overall stability, he said.

Sources told the paper that Haniyeh would try to convince the Egyptians that Hamas is serious about reconciliation with the PA if Abbas is serious as well.

There was no immediate comment from Egyptian officials on the talks. The delegation will probably also visit Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon and Iran following its meetings in Egypt, the source added.