GAZA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strips has recently taken a series of cautious measures to defuse the tension with Egypt's military-backed interim government after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, local media reported Saturday.
On Thursday, Hamas' Religious Affairs Minister Ismail Radwan issued a note advising preachers to avoid "talking about the situation in Egypt." He also urged them to get away from politics in their Friday sermons.
Also on Thursday, Hamas proposed an initiative to the Egyptian authority to regularly open Rafah border crossing, the main crossing point of the coastal enclave.
Thousands of people are stuck in Gaza as the Egyptian military keeps the crossing shut most of the day and restricts the people to leave Gaza due to the deteriorating security situation there.
Hamas also suggested to send the names of people applying to travel to the Egyptian side one day in advance for security checking.
Mkhaimar Abusada, a political science professor at Gaza's Al- Azhar University, say that the measures Hamas has taken are " important, positive initial steps to ease the tension," but adding these steps are not enough.
More steps should follow, such as avoiding showing Hamas' solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood on its satellite channels, he said.
The Islamic group strongly supports Egypt's Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement, the mother movement of Hamas.
Morsi was toppled by the army on July 3 amid nationwide protests that demanded his step down.