Hamas leaders discuss internal Palestinian reconciliation with Egypt

Hamas leaders discuss internal Palestinian reconciliation with Egypt

The Brigades is responsible for scores of deadly suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks targeting Israelis.

Haniyeh will try to convince Egypt to end its crippling blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Senior Islamic Hamas movement leaders were discussing the internal Palestinian reconciliation with high-ranking Egyptian security intelligence officials in Cairo, a Hamas official said Monday.

The Hamas source said the delegation also expects to discuss the issue of a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

For the first time since Hamas's new leadership was elected four months ago, the terror group's leaders gathered on Sunday from around the Middle East to have their first face-to-face meeting. To this objective, the delegation has been joined by Marwan Issa.

During the meeting, according the Asharq al-Awsat report, the Hamas members discussed three main issues: relations with Egypt, possible reconciliation with the Palestinian Authority, and the future of relations with other Arab countries and Iran. Hamas is in possession of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers and holds two Israeli citizens captive, both of whom crossed into Gaza under uncertain circumstances.

He further said that the period since the summer of 2014, which saw a military conflict between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, has been the most peaceful in some three decades.

The source said that during discussions with the Egyptians, Hamas will present new proposal.

They added that Hamas would also ask Egypt to open the Rafah crossing and allow the entrance of fuel and electricity.

Chief of the Hamas terror group in Gaza Yahya Sinwar (C-L) visits the border with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, on July 6, 2017.

Hamas as a result bridged rivalry with Mohammed Dahlan, the exiled former Fatah leader in Gaza who was defeated by Hamas when it took control of the territory in 2007.

A Hamas delegation is also expected to visit Doha, the capital of Qatar, as well as Tehran.

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