- Title: Improving ties between Egypt and Hamas unsettle Palestinian politics
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (JULY 5, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE AT NEWS CONFERENCE OF HAMAS LEADER, ISMAIL HANIYEH PEOPLE ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE CLERGYMEN ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE HANIYEH AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS LEADER, ISMAIL HANIYEH, SAYING: "Our repeated visits to Egypt by our delegations assure this. We have found complete readiness by the Egyptian brothers, officials working to resolve the Gaza crises. Orders were issued by the official Egyptian authorities to implement a package of measures and policies that began with allowing Egyptian fuel (access) to the generating station (in Gaza)." HANIYEH AND OTHER HAMAS OFFICIALS LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE CONVOY LEAVING RAFAH, GAZA (RECENT - JUNE 28, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TRUCKS WORKING AND CLEARING LAND NEAR BORDERS WITH EGYPT TO CREATE A BUFFER ZONE HAMAS-APPOINTED HEAD OF SECURITY SERVICES IN GAZA, TAWFIQ ABU NAEEM, SPEAKING TO MAN AT SCENE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS-APPOINTED HEAD OF SECURITY SERVICES IN GAZA, TAWFIQ ABU NAEEM, SAYING: "Now, we have a decision to clear this area, to open the space for (better) vision, and for monitoring as well, from the national security and the Egyptian side. Cameras and barbed-wire fences will be put, and will clear the land and remove the trees that limit the vision of the national security members, so that the national security members can do their tasks easily." VARIOUS OF TRUCKS WORKING VARIOUS OF EGYPTIAN BORDERS WITH GAZA
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 19:03
- Keywords: Palestinians Hamas Ismael Haniyeh Gaza Strip
- Location: GAZA CITY AND RAFAH, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY AND RAFAH, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016OFX9AF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ismail Haniyeh, who has recently assumed the post of Hamas's leader, said in a speech in Gaza on Wednesday (July 5) that relations with the Gaza Strip's neighbour to the south-west were warming.
A series of meetings between Hamas and senior officials in Cairo in recent weeks are showing an improvement in ties between Egypt and the Islamist Palestinian movement, with implications for Gaza, Palestinian politics and the wider region.
For much of the last decade, Egypt has joined Israel in enforcing a land, sea and air blockade of the Gaza Strip, a move to punish Hamas and its armed wing, which seized the territory in 2007 and has controlled it since.
After the last round of meetings in Cairo, Hamas cleared land on its side of the border, creating a buffer zone with watchtowers, cameras and barbed-wire fences in a concession to security-conscious Egypt.
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