Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh waves as he arrives to deliver a farewell speech for his former position as a Hamas government Prime Minister, in Gaza City June 2, 2014. REUTERS
CAIRO – 21 May 2018: Hamas Political Bureau Chairman, Ismail Haniyeh, called Monday Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayyeb to express his thanks and appreciation to Al-Azhar for sending consecutive aids to Gaza.
Al-Azhar is the main institute of Islamic learning in Egypt.
In a statement by the media office of Hamas, Haniyeh extended his Ramadan greetings to Al-Azhar sheikhs and expressed thanks to Egypt for its unchangeable stance towards the Palestinian issue.
On Tuesday, Tayyeb dispatched about 50 tons of food and humanitarian aid, in addition to two vehicles carrying medical aid to Gaza.
The Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip appreciated the Egyptian support of the Palestinian cause and placed a big banner that reads "Thank you, Egypt!" at the entrance of Ouda refugee camp in eastern Beit Hanoun town, on the northeast edge of Gaza.
“I issued directives to take the necessary measures to keep the Rafah border crossing open throughout the holy month of Ramadan in a bid to relieve some of the burdens suffered by our brothers in the Gaza strip,” President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Since March 30, Palestinian marchers have been demanding the right to return to their homes seized by Israel in the 1948 war.
A total of 118 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire on the border between the Gaza Strip and the Jewish State since then, according to authorities in Gaza, which is run by Hamas.
Israel says it has done everything it can to limit civilian casualties and has used live ammunition only as a last resort.
The Israeli army accuses Hamas of using the demonstrations as a cover to damage the border fence by laying explosive devices and attack soldiers; Israel insists its actions are necessary to defend the border and prevent mass infiltrations.
Additional reporting by AFP