Senior Hamas, Islamic Jihad members summoned to Cairo after attacks - report

Egyptian intelligence officials will meet with members of the delegation in an effort to calm the situation after tensions escalate between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 2, 2019 12:59
Senior Hamas, Islamic Jihad members summoned to Cairo after attacks - report

Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (2nd L), head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (3rd L) and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq (4th L) , hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City April 23, 2014. The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud A. (photo credit: SUHAIB SALEM / REUTERS)

Egypt has summoned senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad members to Cairo for talks following a flare-up in tensions between the IDF and Hamas in the Gaza strip, according to a report from Ynet News on Thursday.

The delegation from both groups crossed into Egypt via the Rafah border crossing.

Egyptian intelligence officials will meet with members of the delegation in an effort to calm the situation and prevent further incidents.

The latest tensions began on Wednesday when Hamas launched incendiary balloons over the Eshkol region in Israel's south, causing fires. The Israeli Air Force responded with air strikes on a series of targets in the Gaza Strip.

Early on Thursday morning two rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel in retaliation for the strikes. The rockets landed in open areas.


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