On Wednesday night, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh phoned Al-Areesh Governor, Abdel Fatah Harhour, and congratulated him on the release and safe return of some recently detained soldiers. He also thanked him for his kindness and hospitality towards the Palestinian people who were held up on the Egyptian side during the crisis.
Haniyeh highlighted the strong relations between Palestine and Egypt, and wished Egypt security and stability. He also stressed that "security in Sinai is an integral part of Palestinian national security."
On his part, the governor expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the prime minister's sentiments, and considered the role played by Egyptians to be "a duty towards the Palestinian people, as Palestine and Egypt are people from one nation; sharing bread and water." He added "we are celebrating two things: the release of the soldiers and showing appreciation of the prime minister and his sentiments."