A Security Delegation from Gaza Visits Egypt

A security delegation from the besieged Gaza Strip headed on Tuesday evening to Egypt via the Rafah crossing to meet with Egyptian officials.

Sources said that Hamas security delegation led by Major Tawfiq Abu Naim, head of the Gaza Security Forces, traveled to Cairo to meet with Egyptian officials.

No details were given about the duration and the members of the delegation.

According to the source, the visit comes within the framework of a follow-up on what was agreed upon between Hamas’ Deputy Political Bureau Chief Ismail Haniyeh with the Egyptian side during his last visit to Cairo.

Haniyeh arrived in Cairo on 23 January and held meetings with Egyptian political and security officials regarding the future relations between the country and the Palestinian movement.

Haniyeh told reporters when he arrived at Gaza Strip that Hamas’ relations with Egypt are witnessing positive shifts, the results of which will appear in the coming days.

He also explained that officials from both sides agreed on the continuation of joint meetings and consultations.

Hamas issued an official statement last Friday describing the delegation’s visit to Egypt as “successful” and “fruitful”.

Moreover, Ma’an News Agency reported that the Deputy Head of the Hamas politburo, Moussa Abu Marzouq had said several days ago that the movement had received a list of men in the Gaza Strip wanted by Egyptian authorities.

Marzouq added at the time that turning them into Egyptian authorities was not an option and that security officials would be meeting with their Egyptian counterparts to explain the circumstances of each person listed by Egyptian authorities.

The relations between Hamas and Egypt have deteriorated since the military coup ousted Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president in July 2013.