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Hamas to support Gazans amid Egyptian crackdown on tunnels

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Hamas Prime Minister stresses that Hamas will only use weapons against Israel

A picture taken from the southern Gaza Strip shows Egyptian soldiers standing on bulldozers used to flatten fields near the border between Egypt and the Palestinian territory (AFP Photo)

A picture taken from the southern Gaza Strip shows Egyptian soldiers standing on bulldozers used to flatten fields near the border between Egypt and the Palestinian territory
(AFP Photo)

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh stated on Friday that his government will provide for its people following an intensified crackdown on the smuggling tunnels by Egyptian security forces.

Haniyeh said that in response to the crackdown on the tunnels, the Hamas government would take steps to “ease the burden of citizens and support them in the face of the crisis,” according to the Hamas website.

A military source confirmed to Daily News Egypt that approximately 150 tunnels connecting Egypt and Gaza have been destroyed since Mohamed Morsi was deposed on 3 July. Towards the end of July United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said some reports suggested that the Egyptian Army’s crackdown led to 80% of the tunnels being out of operation.

His comments came during Friday prayers in the Gazan portion of the town of Rafah, during which Haniyeh stressed that Hamas is not involved in the affairs of other Arab countries taking into consideration the interest these countries have in the Palestinian issue.

The Prime Minister also stressed, “We [the Hamas government in Gaza] will not draw our weapons against anyone, except the Zionist enemy,” in reference to Israel.

Haniyeh’s statement comes just days after Fatah accused a Hamas political bureau leader living in Cairo of incitement against Egyptians. The two Palestinian factions have been engaged in a war of words since Morsi’s ouster, with both sides firing accusations at the other.

The illegal smuggling tunnels are a vital lifeline for citizens of the Gaza Strip who have lived under a land, air and sea blockade since 2007. The tunnels provide a passage for many products that would otherwise not make it through the border including, food, medicine, fuel and building materials.

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  • abdul .a. shaiky

    Is Egyptian army is protecting the interest of Arabs or Israealis.??

    “A military source confirmed to Daily News Egypt that approximately 150 tunnels connecting Egypt and Gaza have been destroyed since Mohamed Morsi was deposed on 3 July. Towards the end of July United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said some reports suggested that the Egyptian Army’s crackdown led to 80% of the tunnels being out of operation.”

    • Sammyb

      Abdul, it is a good thing, don’t you think?

      • abdul .a. shaiky

        HI SAMMYB, Gaza was the part of Egypt.
        Nasir lost Gaza in 1967.
        WEST BANK WAS UNDER THE KINGDOM OF JORDON.!!
        Egypt should take back Gaza.!!by peace or by force.

  • Sam Boulis

    Abdul, as you know Egypt lost Gaza in 1967? War. Egypt has lost the last 4 wars, what makes you think they can win next time?

  • MaximusBoomaye

    Does anyone in Egypt realize that Israel and the western world begged Egypt to take back Gaza and that Egypt on their part rejected the idea? it would be disastrous for Egypt economically, and a bigger disaster for the Palestinians

    • abdul .a. shaiky

      HI MAXIMUM,
      GAZA AND WEST BANK AND EAST JEARUSALM IS NOT A PALESTINE.
      WHOLE ISRAEAL IS A PALESTINE.
      IT WAS ANWAR SADAT OF EGYPTIAN ARMY WHO CHANGE THE EQUATION.!!!


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