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        7/27/2012, Av 8, 5772

      Report: Egypt Makes Exit, Energy Promises to Haniyeh


      President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt promised Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh, Thursday, that the operating hours at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt will be extended to 12 hours a day, starting at 9:00 a.m., with no restrictions on the number of people going through the crossing, according to a senior member of the Gaza delegation to Cairo, cited by the Pan-Arab Al-Hayat daily. The source said the list of Gazans not allowed into Egypt was being reduced by 60 percent and that visits to Egypt of up to three days would not require a visa.

      Haniyeh was also promised that Egypt would act to allow more fuel from Qatar to be sent to Gaza to run its electricity plant. The two leaders also discussed reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, as well as easing restrictions to Gaza residents during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.