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Newsline: Will Egypt open embassy in Gaza?

Gaza could be getting a status upgrade to become an embassy headquarters for Egypt, though Egyptian officials declined to comment on media reports to that effect. According to the reports, Egypt has threatened Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with moving the Egyptian Embassy to Gaza from the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Media reports about the embassy were preceded on Nov. 21 by Egypt’s temporary opening of its consulate west of Gaza City — for the first time since its closure in 2007 after Hamas’ takeover of Gaza — for cleanup and renovation. The move added to speculation about the potential official reopening of the consulate, which would ease the movement of Palestinians through the Rafah crossing and facilitate relations with the Egyptian community in Gaza.



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