After helping the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire broker, Egypt looked at suppressing the truce and elevated its role as a mediator.
A senior Hamas official said Israel should stop its “aggression” in both the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem as Egypt’s intelligence chief met with Palestinian group leaders in the besieged coastal enclave to trying to strengthen a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
Khalil al-Haya spoke after seeing Abbas Kamel, who visited Gaza after seeing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip aimed at raising an informal ceasefire. driven in Cairo.
His visit – the first of an Egyptian intelligence chief to the enclave since the early 2000s – was also aimed at discussing reconstruction plans in line with Israel’s recent bombing of Gaza, according to Egyptian and Palestinian officials.
Kamel, who has not yet made a public statement, is the highest -ranking Arab official to visit Gaza since 2018. He met with Yahya Sinwar, the leader who led Hamas in Gaza.
“We discussed a lot of files, especially the need to choose work to stop the invasion of Gaza, Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah and the whole of Palestine,” al-Haya told reporters. He said Israel should also fully lift the blockade it imposed on Gaza when Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007 after winning the 2006 elections.
“If this happens, then calm and resilience can return,” he said.
Egypt played a key role in establishing a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Strip, ending 11 days of fighting.
The outbreak of violence followed weeks of tensions in occupied East Jerusalem ahead of a lengthy court ruling on the forced eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Israeli forces closed down protesters in the neighborhood and the adjoining compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, revered by Muslims and Jews, calling it Mountains.
After issuing an ultimatum demanding Israeli forces to descend from areas occupied in East Jerusalem, Hamas fired several Israeli rockets, prompting Israel to launch air strikes on Gaza shortly thereafter.
Israel flooded the territory from air, land and sea in 11 days, killing at least 253 people, including 66 children. Rockets fired by armed groups in Gaza have killed at least 12 Israeli people.
Al-Haya has ignored linking the construction of Gaza to Hamas ’release of two Israeli civilians and the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in the previous military campaign.
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Gaza has been under a debilitating Israeli-Egypt blockade since 2007.
The siege was slow and, at times, completely stopped the flow of essential supplies including fuel to the Strip. It also halted the flow of construction materials needed to rebuild much of the enclave’s infrastructure, which was damaged in previous Israeli military campaigns in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
Kamel’s visit was seen as an effort to Cairo to take on the more important role of mediation between Israel and Hamas and revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered officials to continue efforts and meetings to resolve the problem of prisoners and missing persons between Israel and Hamas, the state news agency MENA said. reported on Sunday.
After a meeting with Kamel in Gaza, Sinwar said there was “a real opportunity for progress” in resolving the issue of prisoners, although he added that Hamas had demanded that the negotiations be kept separate. in ceasefire conversations.
Meanwhile, Al-Haya is also expected to announce Cairo’s plans to build a residential city in the enclave.
Gaza’s housing ministry said 1,500 housing units were completely destroyed during the fighting, another 1,500 housing units were damaged beyond repair, and another 17,000 suffered partially. injury. A ministry official put the cost of the reconstruction at $ 150m.
Kamel also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah on Sunday and gave him a message from el-Sisi reaffirming Cairo’s support for the Palestinians and Abbas, as in MENA.