Hamas, Jihad delegation in Egypt for truce talks

March 7th, 2008 - 12:45 am ICT by admin  

Cairo, March 6 (Xinhua) A delegation from the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements arrived Thursday in Egypt for talks on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported. Upon arrival at Rafah crossing linking Egypt and Gaza, the Palestinian team began talks with Egyptian officials on the security situation along the Egypt-Gaza border following Israel’s recent military actions in Gaza.

The talks dwelt on how to reach a truce with Israel in order to protect innocent Palestinians in Gaza, said the report.

Earlier in the day during talks with visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch, Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said Egypt gives priority to regular opening of Rafah border crossing and lifting the siege on Gaza.

The Palestinian delegation and Egyptian officials also discussed the injured Palestinians being treated at Egyptian hospitals and means to meet the food and medical needs of the Gaza Strip.

On Sunday, Egypt decided to open Rafah crossing to receive Palestinians wounded in the five-day Israeli raids ended on Monday morning that killed more than 120 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others.

In the past two days, about 150 injured Palestinians arrived at Egyptian hospitals to receive medical treatment, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said Thursday in a statement.

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