Hamas chief heads to Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials

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GAZA, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Islamic Hamas movement's politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh, who led a senior Hamas delegation, headed to Cairo on Sunday afternoon for holding talks with senior Egyptian officials, Hamas sources in Gaza said.

Haniyeh and Hamas delegation left the Gaza Strip to Egypt through Rafah border crossing point between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip that has been kept open in both directions for the past four days.

Hamas sources in Gaza said that Haniyeh and his delegation will resume their talks with senior Egyptian security intelligence officials on a calm understanding that Egypt brokered between Hamas and Israel on November.

The sources added that talks between the two sides will also focus on pushing forward the stalled internal reconciliation and carry on talking on ending internal division between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.

Hamas source, which spoke on condition of anonymity, declined to tell Xinhua if Haniyeh and Hamas delegation would leave Cairo and go for a foreign tour that might include Russia.

Earlier last week, Bassem Na'eem, deputy chief of foreign relations' department of Hamas movement, had said that his movement received an official invitation from Russia to visit Moscow on early February.

Meanwhile, Egypt kept on Sunday Rafah border crossing point with the Gaza Strip opened. Egypt reopened the crossing in two ways on Tuesday last week for three days.

In January 6, the Palestinian Authority decided to withdraw all its employees and police who work at Rafah crossing point in protest to Hamas security forces' crackdown on Fatah movement's supporters and members. Enditem

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