Rafah crossing opens – Gaza situation likely to improve

The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip reopened Saturday as Cairo and the Islamist organization hailed an improvement in long-tense ties.

Hamas called the rare visit by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to Cairo “successful.” Hebrew-language media quoted Egyptian officials as saying that the visit represents a desire by both sides to rebuild trust after tension since the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood group, Hamas’s mother movement.

The talks will have “positive results” on the situation in Gaza. For most of the past decade, Egypt has been a quiet partner with Israel in the blockade on Hamas-ruled Gaza, stifling the economy and largely blocking its 2 million people from moving in and out of the territory.

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28th January 2017.
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