Hamas delegation visits Egypt

Hamas trying to improve relations with the Egyptian government in an attempt to ease the restrictions on Gaza.

Dalit Halevi ,

Rafah border crossing
Rafah border crossing
Flash 90

A delegation of senior Hamas officials left for Egypt on Sunday as Hamas continues its contacts with the Egyptian government regarding bilateral relations, as well as the electricity crisis in Gaza.

The delegation is headed by Rohi Mushtaha, a member of the Hamas political bureau, and includes 12 members representing Hamas ministries in Gaza, including the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Finance, the Public Works Ministry, the Economy Ministry and the Energy Authority.

Yihya al-Sinwar, Hamas's leader in Gaza, visited Cairo last month in an attempt to reach an agreement with the Egyptian government on easing the restrictions it imposes on Gaza.

Hamas enjoyed good relations with former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a member of Hamas’s parent group, the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, relations have been tense under current President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who has cracked down on the underground tunnels between the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza, which terrorists use to smuggle terrorists and weapons from Egypt into the coastal enclave.

Egypt has been pressuring Hamas to disengage from the Muslim Brotherhood and stop the activity of the illegal tunnels along the border.

Egypt has in the past played an important role in mediating between Israel and Hamas and there are speculations that this visit will also be used to convey messages about the Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers who are held by Hamas in Gaza.