Hamas leaders in Cairo for talks on reconciliation, fuel shortage
Leaders of the Palestinian movement Hamas arrived in Egypt on Monday for talks on a Palestinian reconciliation deal with Fatah - as well as fuel shortages in the Gaza Strip, government officials said, dpa reported.
Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal landed in Cairo, where he is expected to meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this week.
An agreement was sealed in Qatar earlier this month by Fatah party head Abbas and the exiled Hamas leader, Mashaal, stating that Abbas will serve as prime minister of an interim unity government between the rival groups.
The deal removes one of the main stumbling blocks toward full implementation of a unity deal signed in May to end years of division.
The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, crossed the Rafah border into Egypt earlier in the day.
Haniyeh, along with eight Hamas officials, would also discuss ways to end Gaza's ongoing fuel shortage and the resulting power outage, border officials told dpa.
Gaza's only power plant has stopped producing electricity last week due to a severe fuel shortage.