Egyptian delegation visits Ramallah to push for Palestinian internal reconciliation

A senior Egyptian security delegation arrived in Ramallah on Thursday to push for reconciliation between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, official WAFA news agency reported.

During its meeting with senior Fatah leaders, Egyptian delegation discussed the regional developments and Egyptian efforts to end the Palestinian internal division to strengthen its national unity.

They also touched upon the Palestinian financial difficulties caused by Israeli withholding of the Palestinian tax revenues and its continuing demolition of Palestinian houses in the West Bank.

The visit by the Egyptian delegation came just a day after Majed Farraj, head of the Palestinian Intelligence Services, visited the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

The current deterioration in Fatah-Hamas relations started after the convoy of former Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah came under a bombing attack upon his arrival in Gaza in March last year, just months after the signing of an Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation deal between the two parties.

The Palestinians have been suffering from internal division since mid-2007 after Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip after fighting with forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Egyptian delegation is expected to travel to the Gaza Strip to meet Hamas leaders after their visit to Ramallah.