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Egypt working to revive internal Palestinian reconciliation

Hamas received an Egyptian delegation in the besieged Gaza Strip on 01 October 2017. [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Hamas received an Egyptian delegation in the besieged Gaza Strip on 1 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Egyptian authorities are working on reviving the reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions, Ashraf Abu Al-Houl from the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram newspaper said yesterday.

Speaking to Shehab.ps, Abu Al-Houl said that the reconciliation is “almost frozen”, noting that “there has been no real reconciliation in spite of all the efforts exerted”.

He also said that the Egyptian security delegation is going to return to the Gaza Strip to work on facilitating the obstacles ahead of implementing the reconciliation.

“Egypt want Hamas to continue maintaining security on the borders with Egypt because there is a decisive battle going on with the terrorists in Sinai,” he said.

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He noted that the acting chief of the Egyptian intelligence agency, Abbas Kamel, met with the Hamas delegation in Cairo headed by Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.

Abu Al-Houl reiterated the importance of keeping details of the Egyptian-Hamas meeting “secret”.

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