Hamas delegation heads to Cairo over border talks

A delegation from Hamas movement headed for Cairo for talks with the Egyptian officials on reopening a crossing point between the Hamas-ruled Gaza and Egypt, a Hamas website reported on Tuesday.

Hamas delegation heads to Cairo over border talks
Reopening Rafah crossing, which was closed last June when Hamas took over Gaza by force, was the main purpose of the visit, according to Palmedia.net news website.

The talks will also tackle several outstanding issues between the two sides that emerged after Hamas fighters blew up the mutual borders in January, the report said without elaborating.

On Jan. 23, fighters from Hamas' armed wing blew up fence walls at Egypt-Gaza borders, allowing thousands of Gazans to flock into the Egyptian side to stock up on basic necessities.

Also in January, Hamas officials, headed by exiled leader Khaled Mashaal, held talks with Egypt over Rafah crossing.

The Islamic movement says that the crossing should reflect "pure Egyptian-Palestinian sovereignty."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Şubat 2008, 11:07