Hamas Gaza Chief Headed to Cairo (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 07/05/12)
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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
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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