Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Reports: Hamas' Abu Marzouq heads to Doha to discuss Gaza ceasefire


CAIRO (Ma’an) – Senior Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq left the Gaza Strip to Egypt via the Rafah crossing on Sunday for the Qatari capital Doha where he is scheduled to propose a long-term ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, Egyptian officials say.

The officials say that Abu Marzouq traveled via Egypt with consent of the Egyptian national security department.

The same sources pointed out that Abu Marzouq met in Gaza recently with former Bulgarian foreign minister Nickolay Mladenov who serves as UN’s top Middle East envoy. The two, according to the Egyptian sources, have reached a long-term ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Islamic movement Hamas.

Abu Marzouq has traveled to Doha to discuss the agreement with Hamas chief in exile Khalid Mashal and add “final touches,” according to the sources.

“Both Hamas and Israel understand the importance of a ceasefire agreement so they can face the fundamentalist Salafi groups in the Gaza Strip which has recently announced support to IS,” an Egyptian official claimed. more

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