Hamas hopes Egypt to ease control on Rafah crossing
The Hamas administration said Wednesday that it hopes Egypt will ease movement of people and goods through the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip, Xinhua reported.
The Hamas government "is waiting the implementation of several issues that were proposed to the Egyptian side to relax the closure on Gaza," said Hamas Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Awad.
Awad added that ties between the Hamas and the new Egyptian leadership "are developing in the direction of supporting" the Hamas government.
Earlier, officials from the Hamas said that they have received promises from the new Egyptian leadership that improvements would be applied on the situation of the Gaza Strip.
Israel imposed a closure on the Gaza Strip when the Hamas routed forces of President Mahmoud Abbas and took over the coastal enclave in 2007.
In the second half of 2010, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered Rafah crossing point to be operated on more regular basis, but the people of specific categories, mainly patients and holders of foreign passports, can move easily through the only Gazan gate bypassing Israel.
The improvements at Rafah followed an Israeli raid on a Gaza- bound aid flotilla, in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed.