A member of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas reads a Koran as he keeps guard outside the gate of Rafah border crossing with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Hamas called for Egypt to loosen restrictions on the Gaza Strip Tuesday, a delegate said, after officials from the Palestinian Islamist group traveled to Cairo seeking to mend yearslong strained relations. Senior official Khalil al-Haya said Hamas had begged Egypt to allow more traffic through the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip, the enclave's only transit point not controlled by Israel.Tensions peaked this month when Egypt accused Hamas of being involved in the assassination of the country's top prosecutor, who was killed by a car bomb last year.
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