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Egyptian delegation to visit Gaza to discuss Rafah Border crisis

January 10, 2019 at 11:45 am

Palestinians stranded in Egypt queue for passport transactions at border gate after Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border crossing in Gaza City, Gaza on January 8, 2019. ( Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency )

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, revealed on Wednesday that an Egyptian delegation is slated to visit the Gaza Strip and meet with its leaders in order to contain the Rafah Border crisis, Al-Watan Voice has reported.

A senior Hamas official in Lebanon said that the Egyptian delegation is expected to arrive in Gaza within 48 hours where it would discuss the issue of the crossing with Hamas officials. “Since the withdrawal of the Palestinian Authority officers on Sunday, Egypt has been making intensive efforts to contain the crisis,” explained Ali Baraka. He hailed the ongoing Egyptian attempts to improve the situation.

Meanwhile, Baraka pointed out that Hamas has also been involved in “political discussions” with Lebanese officials, including the Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister-designate Saad Al-Hariri. The Hamas delegation briefed them on the latest developments in Palestinian reconciliation, Egypt’s efforts in this respect, and how life for Palestinian refugees in refugee camps in Lebanon can be improved by granting them civil and human rights.

Baraka revealed that the Lebanese leadership will discuss the reconciliation issue with PA President Mahmoud Abbas on the fringe of the next meeting of the Arab League, which is scheduled to take place in Beirut.

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