Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and then Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, left,
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and then Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas
Photo: AP
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and then Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas

Palestinian officials arrive in Egypt for talks ahead of planned meeting

Cairo summit aimed at cementing Egyptian-brokered ceasefire which ended latest round of fighting in Gaza last month, as well as attempt to renew ties between rivals Hamas and Fatah

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Published: 06.08.21 , 17:16
Palestinian leaders, including Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and a delegation from the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for separate talks with Egyptian officials that aim to reinforce a ceasefire with Israel.
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  • Haniyeh's visit came in response to a special invitation from Cairo, in advance of a broader meeting of Palestinian factions that could begin as early as next week, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said.
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    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and then Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, left,
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and then Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, left,
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and then Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas
    (Photo: AP)
    Jibril Rajoub, a senior figure from Abbas's Fatah movement, which runs the Palestinian Authority that exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, was also expected to meet Egyptian officials, Palestinian and Egyptian sources said. Abbas has been invited to Egypt.
    The Palestinian and Egyptian sources did not say whether the delegations from the rival Palestinian groups would meet each other.
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    ג'יבריל רג'וב וסאלח אל-עארורי
    ג'יבריל רג'וב וסאלח אל-עארורי
    Fatah senior official Jibril Rajoub
    (Photo: AFP)
    Egypt has played a major role in the brokering of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group which rules Gaza, after 11 days of conflict erupted on May 10.
    More than 250 Palestinians were killed in hundreds of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza during that conflict. Rockets fired from the seaside enclave killed 13 people in Israel.
    Haniyeh and Egyptian officials will discuss cementing the truce with Israel as well as reconstruction plans for Gaza, Qassem said. Egypt has said it will allocate $500 million for the reconstruction.
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    smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City
    smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City
    Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City during the latest round of fighting in the enclave last month
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    Egypt has tried in the past to foster cooperation between Palestinian factions, which it sees as important for wider efforts to promote peace in the region.
    Hamas seized Gaza from the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in 2007 and the two factions have been in a power struggle ever since.
    During a meeting of his cabinet in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said he hopes Cairo's mediation will "close the page on (internal) division (and) help our people in Gaza ... in a way that enhances our national unity."

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