Hamas leader Ismail Hanniyeh has today been part of meetings taking place in Cairo in an attempt to mend relations between the besieged Gaza Strips Hamas and President Sisi of Egypt.

The talks today have been a step towards some glimpse of hope at an open border crossing and the easing living conditions in the war ravaged Gaza Strip.

The topics of discussion today were to do with mending Hamas relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and also releasing Gaza from the 11 year internationally condemned blockade.

These talks come after it was called upon by the UN Secretary General ‘Antonio Guterres’ for Israel to end the Siege on Gaza. Hamas, which has in the recent past been closed to the demands of the international community and neighbouring countries has – it may be noted – taken a slight turn. Earlier in the year Hamas accepted the notion of two states upon the 1967 borders and has also now allowed for Iran to become its largest backer (financially and militarily).

It was announced in early August that perhaps a deal was to be struck between Dahlan, the Egyptians and Hamas in order to allow the Rafah border crossing to open indefinitely come September, unfortunately it seems as if this is not any closer to happening than when it was announced.

Over 30,000 people wait patiently on the Gaza/Egypt border (ready to leave) and seem to get glimpses of hope from the various discussions of political parties, only to face disappointment at the prospect of travel.

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