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Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh traveled to Cairo on Saturday to
discuss complaints the movement has regarding Israel's compliance with
the truce brokered by Egypt following Operation Pillar of Defense, AFP
According to the report, the Hamas administration's
spokesman Taher al-Nunu said Haniyeh would be discussing "Israeli
violations of the truce."
The discussion will follow a complaint already made by Hamas to Egypt last week
after Israel suspended part of a Cairo-brokered truce agreement by
halving Palestinian access to fishing waters in response to a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip
The attack was claimed by a small al-Qaida-linked faction that has challenged the Islamist Hamas group's rule in the Gaza Strip.
which holds Hamas responsible for any violence emanating from the
enclave, retaliated by shutting the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing on
the Gaza border - which it re-opened this week - and by enforcing a
newly restricted 5 km wide fishing zone.
The zone had been
extended to 11 km as part of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that ended
an eight-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in November, in which 166
Palestinians and six Israelis were killed.
"We have informed
Cairo of this violation and we are waiting to hear a clear position from
Egyptian mediators on this," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said last
week, giving no indication that Hamas wanted to abandon the ceasefire
An Egyptian official confirmed that the Hamas
complaint had been received, saying Israel had complained separately
about the rocket attack - the second of its kind since November.
The official said Cairo would contact both sides to "restore their commitment to the truce."
also said that the Hamas leader would be discussing "the problem of
(Palestinian) prisoners (held by Israel) and Hamas-Egypt relations,"
according to AFP.
Additionally, AFP cited Hamas sources as saying
that Haniyeh intends to "clear the air" following Egyptian allegations
of Hamas involvement in a border attack that left 15 Egyptian soldiers dead
in the Sinai Peninsula last year.
Reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah were also expected to be discussed during Haniyeh's visit.
Reuters contributed to this report
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