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Hamas Delegation in Egypt for Gaza Border Talks


A senior leader for the Palestinian militant group Hamas is in Egypt to resume talks on the future of Egypt's border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Palestinian and Egyptian security sources say Mahmoud al-Zahar crossed into Egypt Thursday with a small delegation of Hamas officials. They say the delegation will meet with Egyptian security officials in the Mediterranean coastal town of El Arish for talks on the border situation.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians streamed into Egypt to buy food and supplies after Hamas militants blew up a section of the border wall last month in response to an Israeli blockade of Gaza. Egyptian forces resealed the barrier February 3.

Zahar met with Egyptian authorities in Cairo earlier this month to discuss ways to restore control at the Gaza border.

Egypt has since said it will no longer tolerate Palestinians trying to enter the country illegally through the border.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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