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Expect trade activity boost between Egypt, Gaza Strip

Egypt and Hamas are exploring trade options, including a new border crossing, that would skirt Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Palestinian policemen loyal to Hamas stand guard as fuel tankers enter Gaza through the Rafah border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RC12075B1A70
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egypt tentatively plans to build a commercial crossing that would eliminate the Gaza Strip's need for such trade with Israel and bypass the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to Hamas.

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar revealed the plan in a TV interview Jan. 11 on Al Jazeera, saying such a crossing would liberate Gaza from the need to "trade with the Israeli occupation or with anyone else."

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