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Hamas Gaza Chief Headed to Cairo (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/05/12)Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/157546 INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS INN} ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
A Hamas official on Thursday announced Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the terror organization´s administration in Gaza, is headed for Cairo to meet with Egyptís new Islamist president.

Mohammed Askoul said Haniyeh will meet President Mohammed Morsi and senior Egyptian security officials "within the next two weeks."

Hamas is an offshoot of Morsiís region-wide Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Hamas hopes the Brotherhood will allow a greater number of Gaza residents to pass through the Rafiah junction into Sinai.

However, observers say more than a token increase in traffic Ė presently at some 1,000 persons per day Ė is highly unlikely.

Morsiís powers are limited, his relations with Egyptís powerful military are tentative, and Egypt has more pressing issues to address.

Hamas seized Gaza from the Palestinian Authority under its rival faction, Fatah, in a bloody 2007 putsch. The move prompted both Egypt and Israel to close their crossings to and from Gaza.

At present, Israel allows aid shipments to pass into Gaza, and goods for sale to pass out of Gaza. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/05/12)


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