Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood makes first visit to Gaza

By REUTERS
October 29, 2011 18:24

 
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GAZA - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood visited the Gaza Strip for the first time on Saturday, signaling a shift in Cairo's posture toward the Palestinian Islamists since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

A delegation led by deputy Brotherhood chief Goma Amin met Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Gaza administration, in celebration of the prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel brokered by Egypt last week.

"We came to participate in the joy at the release of brothers. We are proud of them," Amin told reporters. "Resistance proved itself."

The Brotherhood, a political party which, like Hamas, regards relations with the Jewish state as anathema, had been curbed by the US-aligned Mubarak. He fell to a citizen revolt in February.

Mubarak had tried to mediate between Hamas and its Western-backed Palestinian rivals in the secular Fatah movement.

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