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An agreement was reached between Hamas and Egypt regarding the March of Return in Gaza: “Freezing the marches in return for improving the economic situation”

Headline: "A newspaper published the main details of the agreement between Egypt and Hamas: 'Freezing the marches in return for improving the economic situation'"

"The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar that is close to Hezbollah published the most salient clauses that were agreed upon verbally between Hamas and Egypt during the visit of [Hamas] Movement Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh a day before the May 14 [2018] March of Return. This was part of an Egyptian effort to calm matters in the Gaza Strip in return for improving the humanitarian situation, which has deteriorated due to the tightening of the siege and the fact that the PA has imposed severe sanctions, which have included the stopping of many [public] employees' salaries…
The clauses of the agreement included reducing the number of demonstrators at the border areas, along with reducing the friction with the Israeli army - including stopping the movement's plan to cross the borders in large numbers at the height of the marches. The Lebanese newspaper said that the Egyptian General Intelligence has emphasized that it was agreed 'to stop the resistance activities at the borders, and particularly the placing of explosives and the infiltration of young people in order to thwart the Israeli army operations to build the new fence.'"

“The March of Return” refers to massive violent riots in Gaza in which thousands of Palestinians are demonstrating on the border with Israel and attempting to cut through the security fence, attacking with firebombs, flaming kites, and gunfire. The riots began on March 30, 2018, and were scheduled to last for 6 weeks until Nakba Day on May 15. On May 14, the day the US embassy opened in Jerusalem, the riots escalated and 62 Palestinians were killed. A senior official of the terror organization Hamas, Salah Bardawil, stated that 50 of the 62 belonged to Hamas, while Islamic Jihad identified 3 others as belonging to it.

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