Egyptian security forces rejected a Muslim Brotherhood request to establish a Hamas office in Cairo after leaving its headquarters in Damascus, according to Egyptian security sources quoted by the Iraqi paper Azzaman on Tuesday. The security sources were quoted as saying that they put national security considerations first, especially now when Egypt is in the middle of unrest and the new office could lead to further disturbances.
The paper also quotes an anonymous security source who said that there exists three training camps for al-Qaida linked groups in the northern Sinai. These would form a base from which they could transform the Sinai into a war zone in the case of a clash with the Egyptian army. There are not more than 1500 people in the camps.