The Palestinian ambassador to Cairo, Diab al-Louh, said that the recent visit of the head of the Egyptian intelligence service, Abbas Kamel, to the Gaza Strip witnessed the laying of the foundation stone for the establishment of a city called “Egypt” in the Palestinian Gaza Strip.
Al-Louh explained – in a telephone interview with the “On My Responsibility” program broadcast on the Egyptian channel “Sada Al-Balad” on Tuesday – that the city will be built on the southern edge of the Gaza Strip, next to Madinat al-Zahra.
He added that this area had an Israeli settlement in the past and is located in the Sheikh Ajlin neighborhood, pointing out that laying the foundation stone so quickly indicates the seriousness of the Egyptian approach to extending a helping hand in the reconstruction of what was destroyed by the Israeli occupation.
According to Anadolu Agency, Kamel, accompanied by the head of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Gaza Strip, Yahya al-Sinwar, and a number of the movement’s leaders, conducted an inspection visit to the site where the residential neighborhood is to be built, located in the Zahra area, south of Gaza City.
But Sinwar – according to Anatolia – said in a press statement after the visit that this site is still a proposed place for the establishment of the residential neighborhood, and it is being studied by the competent authorities.
He added that many residential neighborhoods will be established in separate parts of the Gaza Strip in the future “in order to expand on the younger generations who were deprived of their right to life as a result of the Israeli siege, and began to lose hope in life.”
However, he added, “Hope is currently renewed thanks to the resistance, the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, the state of Arab solidarity and the wonderful Egyptian role,” as he put it.
The head of the Egyptian General Intelligence, Abbas Kamel, visited Gaza the day before yesterday, Monday, during which he held meetings with the head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, and a number of the movement’s leaders regarding the establishment of the truce with Israel and other major files, including the prisoner exchange file.
Prior to his talks in Gaza, the head of Egyptian intelligence met last Sunday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.