A delegation of the Palestinian group Hamas set out for Cairo from the blockaded Gaza Strip on Saturday to hold talks with Egyptian officials, Anadolu Agency reports.
A statement by the media office of the Rafah border crossing reported the departure of the Hamas delegation, without giving further details.
— Ma'an News Agency (@MaanNewsAgency) September 29, 2018
The delegation includes Khalil al-Hayya, Hamas deputy leader in Gaza, and other leading members, a Palestinian source close to Hamas said.
In mid-August, Palestinian factions met with Egyptian officials in Cairo to discuss proposals for Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, a ceasefire with Israel, and the implementation of humanitarian projects in Gaza.
Hamas delegation including Saleh al-Arouri heads to Cairo todayhttps://t.co/FfB2aytjRD
— Ben White (@benabyad) September 29, 2018
Last October, Hamas, and Fatah signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo that would — if implemented — allow the Ramallah-based Palestinian government to administer Gaza, which has been run by Hamas since 2007.
— Ramzy Baroud (@RamzyBaroud) March 19, 2018
The agreement, however, has yet to come into effect due to a host of deep-seated differences — some of them ideological — between the two rival factions.
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