Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hamas offers to amend ties with rival Fatah in Cairo

Hamas offers to amend ties with rival Fatah in Cairo

The planned attacks included suicide bombings, shootings, and kidnappings, Nadav Argaman told a Cabinet meeting.

Haniyeh left on Saturday for his first political trip overseas since being elected the leader of Hamas.

Argaman also warned that militant Palestinian group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, "continues to invest many resources in preparation for the next [military] campaign, even at the expense of civilians' welfare" and that it "is prepared for a conflict with Israel". Arouri is an arch terrorist wanted by Israel for his alleged role in numerous terrorist attacks and plots. "Such a visit brings to an end the stagnation stage of relations between us during which suspicions were aroused by different sides aiming to connect Hamas to the security issues in Egypt". To this objective, the delegation has been joined by Marwan Issa. 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.

During the first meeting presided over by Ismail Haniyeh, members of the politburo discussed several issues, mainly the relation with Egypt and reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in addition to the future of relations with Iran and Arab countries. One is to ask Israel to hand over the bodies of 30 Hamas jihadists who were killed in the last war in the Gaza Strip.

It is not clear if leaders belonging to the former Fatah head Mohammed Dahlan's current will join the meetings in Cairo or not, the source said.

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

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 has always been accused by the Egyptian government of aiding the brutal Islamic insurgency in Egypt's restive North Sinai region, but in recent months, Hamas has beefed up security along Gaza's southern border with Egypt, seeking to assure Cairo that it is fighting IS sympathizers.

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