MOSCOW (Dispatches) -- The head of Hamas’s political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, has visited Moscow to hold high-level political talks with Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
According to a statement by the Palestinian movement, Haniyeh was accompanied by Hamas deputy chief Saleh Arouri and members of the political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouq and Maher Salah.
A Hamas spokesman said that Moscow had invited the movement to visit Russia to discuss mutual ties and the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The trip follows a visit to Moscow in May by a Hamas delegation, headed by Abu Marzouq, amid heightened tensions and Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Al-Quds.
Moscow has previously attempted to help reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah, the leading party of the Palestinian Authority, hosting both sides in Moscow in March 2020, in what was seen as a Russian bid for regional influence.
The visit, which is set to last for several days, comes amid tense relations between Moscow and Tel Aviv over the occupying regime of Israel’s support of Kyiv during the ongoing Russian campaign on Ukraine and its airstrikes in Syria, where Russia maintains a military base.
It also comes a month after an Israeli military campaign against the Gaza Strip, where Hamas is the de facto administrator.
On August 1, the Zionist regime arrested Bassam el-Saadi, a senior Islamic Jihad (PIJ) member, in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. Although the group did not respond, the occupying regime of Israel carried out three days of attacks on Gaza allegedly to try to prevent retaliation by the PIJ.
The Zionist military announced Operation Breaking Dawn on August 5, initially with the aim of targeting PIJ members.
The assault on Gaza ended on August 7, after killing 45 Palestinian civilians, including 15 children and senior PIJ member