Hamas chief heads to Egypt in sign of Gaza's improving ties

Gaza - The Hamas militant group says its top leader is heading to Cairo to discuss renewed cooperation with Egyptian authorities.

Saturday marks the first time Egypt has allowed Ismail Haniyeh to leave the Gaza Strip since he was elected the Palestinian group's chief in May.

A Hamas statement said Haniyeh and other leaders will discuss "boosting" recent easing of the blockade Egypt imposes on Gaza along with Israel.

Egypt has long accused Hamas of aiding Islamic insurgency in the neighbouring Sinai Peninsula.

In recent months, Egypt has sent fuel to help reduce Gaza's power crisis and promised to open the Rafah crossing, Gaza's main gateway to the outside world.

Hamas has signaled its willingness by building a buffer zone along the Gaza-Sinai border to prevent movement of extremist militants and weapons.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Zama zama crackdown: What are your thoughts on West Village residents taking the law into their own hands?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Authorities should bring in the army already
11% - 2100 votes
Illegal miners can't be scapegoated for all crime
47% - 8832 votes
What else did we expect without no proper policing
38% - 7132 votes
Vigilante groups are also part of the problem
4% - 699 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.39
+0.4%
Rand - Pound
19.81
+0.1%
Rand - Euro
16.66
+0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.51
+0.4%
Rand - Yen
0.12
+1.1%
Gold
1,777.04
-0.1%
Silver
20.17
-0.5%
Palladium
2,153.50
+0.1%
Platinum
938.00
0.0%
Brent-ruolie
95.10
-3.2%
Top 40
64,726
+1.1%
All Share
71,505
+1.1%
Resource 10
65,387
+3.2%
Industrial 25
87,072
+0.1%
Financial 15
16,239
+0.5%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE