Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Fatah official: Egypt to open Rafah permanently after unity


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A senior Fatah official told reporters Tuesday that Egypt would open the Rafah crossing permanently after the Palestinian unity government was set in place.

Following a meeting between Fatah and Hamas delegations in Gaza City, Azzam al-Ahmad told reporters that Egypt welcomed the establishment of a "legitimate," internationally recognized government in the Gaza Strip.

"Egypt is looking forward to Palestinian reconciliation and they encouraged us," al-Ahmad said.

Egyptian authorities will keep the crossing with Gaza open after the new government is installed, he added.

Al-Ahmad arrived in Gaza on Tuesday for what a Fatah spokesman said were meetings to select Palestinian leaders for the unity government.

The Fatah delegation at the meeting included Azzam al-Ahmad, Faysal Abu Shahla, and Zakariyya al-Agha. The Hamas delegation was made up of Mousa Abu Marzouq, Khalil al-Hayyah and Imad al-Alami. more

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