CAIRO - Egypt will allow a Hamas official detained two days ago at Cairo airport for problems with his paperwork to return to Gaza, security sources said on Wednesday.
Egyptian authorities on Monday stopped Hassan Asseify
, the deputy religious affairs minister in Hamas
, on his way back from Saudi Arabia
to the Palestinian enclave after airport security found him not approved to enter Egypt
, security sources said on Tuesday.
Asseify will be allowed to leave Egypt
within hours, following "intensive contact" between Hamas
officials and Egyptian security agencies, security sources said on Wednesday.
has long had ties to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
that was ousted from power when former president Mohamed Mursi was overthrown in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.
The Egyptian government
has accused Hamas
of helping Islamist militants in Egypt
's Sinai desert
, which borders on Gaza
, to attack its security forces. Hamas
A decision by an Egyptian court
in June to cancel a previous ruling labelling Hamas
a terrorist group raised speculation that relations between Egypt
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