Hamas delegation arrives Cairo for talks on Sinai threats

Hamas delegation arrives Cairo for talks on Sinai threats

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Wed, 17/10/2012 - 21:19

A Hamas delegation arrived in Cairo Wednesday evening to discuss threats from a Jihadi group in Sinai with alleged connections to the Gaza Strip and plans to launch attacks on Israel.  

Sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the delegation would report to officials at the Egyptian General Intelligence Services the latest information they have on the issue. The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the visit would last for a few days.

Earlier Wednesday, the state-run MENA news agency quoted a prominent Hamas figure as saying that the visit will discuss internal issues pertaining the group, and the Palestinian arena in general. He didn’t give any further details on the visit.

The last visit to Cairo by a Hamas delegation was in late July, during which Hamas political bureau head Khaled Meshaal announced that he would not run for a new term in office.

An Islamist group in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Tuesday it will take revenge against the Jewish state for the killing of Palestinian militants in Gaza over the weekend.

Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai and on the Israeli border since the ouster last year of former President Hosni Mubarak, who had worked closely with Israel to secure the border region.

"We, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes, tell the Jews that the blood of our brothers in Palestine is ours and their revenge is ours... So wait for our painful reply and revenge," the group said in a statement posted on Islamist websites.

An Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinian militants, including the alleged leader of an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in the Gaza Strip, on Saturday. Three other militants were killed on Sunday.

The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes group had claimed responsibility for several attacks on Israel from Sinai.