Spokesman of the ruling Hamas party in Gaza, Ayman Taha, was quoted by media sources today as saying that his party’s talks with Egyptian officials were fruitful.

Taha was speaking to Palestine Information Center, an online media website, linked with Hamas.

‘ the meeting involving Hamas and Islamic Jihad members was positive and would relieve the Gaza’s residents under the tightened Israeli siege’, Taha said.

He pointed out that his party reiterated its position that any truce deal with Israel should be reciprocal and include the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Taha maintained that the Egyptian authorities agreed to release the remaining Palestinians who have been put into custody after the January’s breach of Gaza-Egypt border lines by crowds of besieged Palestinians.

Also, the Egyptians gave consent to access of Gaza patients from and to the coastal region through the Rafah crossing terminal, starting from the next week.

On Thursday morning, a Hamas and Islamic Jihad delegation met with Egyptian officials at the Egyptian side of the borders, within Egyptian-Palestinian talks, the fifth of their type since January2008.