Egypt’s intelligence chief discusses developments in Gaza with Haniyeh: Hamas

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Oct 2023

Egyptian General Intelligence Service Chief Abbas Kamel held a conversation on Thursday with Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Hamas Political Bureau, to discuss the latest developments in Gaza amid ongoing Israeli attacks, as announced by the Palestinian movement on Thursday afternoon.

Egypt's Chief of General Intelligence Abbas Kamel (L) and Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh. (R))


According to a statement issued by Hamas on its Telegram channel in Arabic, Kamel and Haniyeh discussed the latest developments related to Gaza.  

The movement said Kamel reviewed Egypt's efforts to ensure a ceasefire in Gaza and the urgent delivery of necessities to the Palestinian people, adding that Haniyeh expressed his appreciation for Egypt's stance, both the government and the people.

Egypt has called for an immediate, sustainable, and non-conditional ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and a cessation of all attempts to displace Palestinians from their land.

It has played a role in the ongoing talks to release Israeli civilian captives.

Following successful Egyptian-Qatari meditation, Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, released on Monday two Israelis out of 200 held by the militant group since 7 October.

Egypt has also been working with the US and the United Nations to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza via the Rafah crossing, which Israel targetted four times in the past 19 days. 

As of Tuesday night, around 60 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid entered the strip, which the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described as “a drop of aid in an ocean of need.”

Israel has been bombarding Gaza around the clock since 7 October, killing more than 6,000 Palestinians and injuring more than 13,000, mostly children.

Moreover, Israeli airstrikes destroyed or seriously damaged hundreds of homes, leaving more than a million Palestinians without shelter.

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