IDF detains two Palestinians crossing Gaza border amid tensions

IDF detains two Palestinians crossing Gaza border amid tensions

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says the fate of its military wing, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, is not up for discussion during the upcoming reconciliation talks with its rival party, Fatah.

On Monday, Egypt reopened Rafah crossing point on its borders with the Gaza Strip to allow Hamas leaders Yehya Sinwar, Khalil el-Hayyah and Salah Bardaweel to cross from Gaza to Egypt to join other Hamas leaders coming from Turkey and Qatar for Tuesday's dialogue.

Home to almost two million Palestinians, the Gaza Strip has been reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.

Mr Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniya will not attend the talks, which will be held behind closed doors.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have remained politically and administratively divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of the strip from Fatah following several days of street fighting.

The split has complicated any potential peace negotiations with Israel.

The IDF Spokesperson Unit said that the rocket exploded in Gaza territory and stated that the attack constitutes a threat to the security of Israeli citizens.

The group has observed a de-facto ceasefire with Israel since a 2014 war, but small armed cells of jihadist Salafis have continued to occasionally launch rockets at Israel.

Multiple attempts at reconciliation have since failed but the recent Egyptian-headed push received a major boost last month when Hamas agreed to cede civilian power in Gaza.

Hamas is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union, and Israel has said it would reject any reconciliation agreement in which Hamas didn't disarm.

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