Egyptian security forces rejected a Muslim Brotherhood request to establish a
Hamas office in Cairo after it had left its Damascus headquarters, according to
Egyptian security sources quoted by Iraqi paper Azzaman on Tuesday.
security sources were quoted as saying that they put national security
considerations first, especially now when Egypt is facing unrest and the new
office could lead to further disturbances.
The paper also quotes an
anonymous security source who said there are three training camps for
al-Qaida-linked groups in the northern Sinai.
These camps, which in total
hold up to 1,500 people, would form a base from which the groups could transform
Sinai into a war zone in the case of a clash with the Egyptian
According to the same source, the camps are run by the
al-Qaida-linked Egyptian Ansar al- Jihad, the Gaza-based Jaljalat, Jund
Muhammad, Jund al-Islam, Tawhid and the Gaza-based al- Jihad. The activity in
the camps has increased due to the lawless state of Sinai, with the groups
conducting weapons training during daytime that involves anti-aircraft weapons,
tanks and armor piercing weapons.
Earlier this month the Egyptian
Al-Ahram daily reported that Egyptian Salafist leaders were planning to visit
their compatriots in Gaza. No date has been set yet for the visit according to