Zahar: We won't allow Rafah crossing to be used as a tool to suffocate us

A delegation from Hamas, including top leader Mahmoud Zahar, crossed Wednesday into Egypt through Rafah where they were met by Egyptian officials before continuing on to Cairo to join other Hamas leaders for talks with Egyptian officials. "Egypt is our gate to the Arab, Islamic and entire world," said Mahmoud Zahar to Arabic satellite news channel al-Jazeera. "Therefore we will not allow the crossing to be used as a tool to suffocate the Palestinian people again." The border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip remained open for an eighth day Wednesday, with Palestinians moving freely into the Egyptian side of the divided Gaza town, even as their leaders prepared to discuss the future of the dispute frontier.