After crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt's military rulers
plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the
neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.
aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes
working with Hamas's political rivals Fatah and supporting popular
anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials
Since it seized power in Egypt last summer, Egypt's
military has squeezed Gaza's economy by destroying most of the 1,200
tunnels used to smuggle food, cars and weapons to the coastal enclave,
which is under an Israeli blockade.
Now Cairo is becoming even
more ambitious in its drive to eradicate what it says are militant
organizations that threaten its national security.