Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh speaks to the press in the southern Gaza Strip - Said Khatib / AFP
CAIRO - 11 March 2018: The Egyptian security delegation returned to Gaza Strip on Sunday, coming from Ramallah through the crossing border of Erez, to resume the efforts to accomplish the reconciliation between Palestinian factions.
The delegation left the strip on March 8, after holding several meetings with the strip's leaders since February 25.
The Egyptian security delegation, headed by Major General Sameh Nabil, Major General Khaled Sami and Brigadier Abdel Hady Farag, resumed their meetings with Palestinian factions in both Gaza and Ramallah to bring the viewpoints closer and discuss the recent developments regarding the reconciliation agreement signed between long-time Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas in Egypt.
Previously, a top Egyptian security delegation met with Head of the political bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza on Thursday, to resume the efforts to complete the Palestinian reconciliation.
Talks between the two parties tackled the efforts that should be done to facilitate the mission of the Unity Government in Gaza strip.
The delegation met with Deputy President of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmed Bahr on March 1 to discuss Hamas’s conditions to complete the reconciliation, ending the division inside Gaza.
Since the signing of the reconciliation agreement in Cairo in mid-October, Egypt has sent several security delegations to the Gaza Strip to follow up on the recently-established government's work.
In statements to Palestinian Sawa news agency on Monday, Azzam al-Ahmad, member of the Fatah Central Committee, affirmed that both the Palestinian and Egyptian parties agreed on several terms, including banning terrorists from using the Rafah border crossing or taking the privilege of it in any way.