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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood attends Gaza funeral of Hamas leader

June 12, 2011 6:55 P.M. (Updated: June 13, 2011 3:00 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egypt's Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, sent a small delegation to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, to extend the party's condolences for the death of a Hamas leader earlier in the week.

Hamas co-founder Mohammad Sham’ah died Friday at 76, after suffering from a stroke. His body was transferred to the Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

Representing the brotherhood were former legislator Hazem Faruq and a member of the group’s policy office, Sa’d Al-Huseini. Both arrived to the coastal enclave via the Rafah crossing, recently opened by Egypt after years of restricted access.

According to sources in Gaza, the two were set to travel to the home of Sham'ah in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City.

The visit came following a personal phone call from the leader of the brotherhood, Mohammad Badia, to Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh, who extended his condolences for the death.

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