Gaza City: The head of Gaza’s rulers Hamas paid a brief visit to Egypt Sunday, a day before major protests are expected in Gaza over Washington’s controversial Jerusalem embassy move.
Ismail Haniyeh traveled early Sunday and met with the director of the Egyptian intelligence services Abbas Kamel to discuss the protests known as the “Great Return March,” Hamas official Khalil Al-Hayya said.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians are expected to rally along the border between Gaza and Israel on Monday to protest as the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem.
Hamas leaders have voiced support in recent days for attempts to break the fence into Israel, despite the possibility of it leading to bloodshed.
Hayya, who traveled to Egypt with Hanya’s delegation, said Hamas had told the Egyptians “this march is peaceful and has popular support.”
He said they considered the meeting a “good one that comes within the framework of mobilizing Arab and Islamic support.”
Arab media have speculated that Egypt, one of only two Arab countries to have a peace treaty with Israel, could ease border restrictions with Gaza and offer economic relief in exchange for protesters not trying to breach the fence.
Fifty-four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since mass protests broke out along the border on March 30. No Israelis have been injured.
The moving of the embassy, a campaign pledge by US President Donald Trump, has infuriated Palestinians, who view the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Trump will not attend the embassy opening Monday, but his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will.
Haniya returned to Gaza late Sunday ahead of the protests.