A Palestinian smuggler pushes a calf through a tunnel beneath the Egyptian-Gaza border October 24, 2008. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Daesh (ISIS) fighters who have killed hundreds of Egyptian policemen and soldiers in northern Sinai. Egypt has been at odds with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, since a crackdown by Cairo on the armed group's Islamist allies. Egypt closed the border, opening it only rarely.While it doesn't engage directly with Hamas, Israel is working with Egypt on border security and monitoring of Gaza.Egypt has given Hamas a list of about 85 fugitives, who it says are implicated in attacks and wants extradited, the Egyptian security source said.Despite mutual distrust, Hamas and Egypt kept communication channels open, with Hamas officials regularly invited to Egypt.
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