PIJ ‘confident’ about Egypt’s position on Palestine
Youssef al-Hassayna - Palestine Today News Agency

CAIRO: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) is “confident” about the position of Egypt on the basis that it has made “significant sacrifices” for Palestine, PIJ leader Youssef al-Hassayna told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Tuesday.

A PIJ delegation visited Cairo for almost a week, leaving the country Saturday. Egypt then announced the opening of the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip from Monday to Tuesday.

“In the light of the intensification of the blockade and disruption of reconstruction after brutal aggression on the strip, as well as faltering [national] reconciliation and the challenges threatening to end our national cause, we had to assume these important cases,” Hassayna told IRNA.

The visit tackled ending internal division and the blockade, as well as indirect cease-fire talks with Israel, in which Egyptian efforts have been halted due to security deterioration in North Sinai, according to Hassayna.

“We deal with the matter in stern seriousness, and seek a suitable exit from the current crisis though our friendly relations with Egypt, until the blockade is entirely lifted,” IRNA reported Hassayna as saying.

Much like Hamas, Hassayna accused Egyptian media outlets of “raising tension,” saying that this media does not express the “true opinion” of the Egyptian people, or even the regime. He claimed the alleged media outlets have “foreign affiliations.”

Egypt has reiterated that under international law, Israel as the occupying power has responsibility over the welfare and freedom of movement of Palestinians with the six crossings it shares with Gaza.

Hamas was designated a terrorist organization by an Egyptian court in February over alleged complicity in “terrorist operations” in Egypt and raiding Wadi al-Natroun prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011, where Hamas and Hezbollah members managed to escape.

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