Ismail Haniyeh on a chair, looking expressive 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denied Sunday that his movement has been
meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt.
Haniyeh was speaking during a
graduation ceremony for security officers in Gaza City.
“We do not have
any security or military role in any Arab country, first and foremost Egypt,”
Haniyeh said in response to allegations about the involvement of Hamas in terror
attacks against Egyptian troops. “We do not intervene in the internal affairs of
anyone. What harms the Egyptian people also harms us.”
leader stopped short of criticizing the Egyptian authorities for their recent
along the border with the Gaza Strip, including the demolition
of hundreds of smuggling tunnels and the closure of the Rafah border
However, he said that Hamas was ready to repel any Israeli
“aggression” on the Gaza Strip.
“We won’t allow any aggression on our
people,” he added.
Referring to the 2005 Israeli disengagement, Haniyeh
said that the Gaza Strip was “liberated through resistance, blood, weapons,
jihad and steadfastness.”
Another Hamas leader, Osama Hamdan, accused the
rival Fatah faction of inciting the Egyptians against his movement.
campaign of incitement has created hatred and racism against Palestinians in
Egypt,” Hamdan remarked.
He said that the closure of the Rafah terminal
and other border crossings has aggravated the crisis in Gaza.
borders should be open between us and our Arab brothers,” Hamdan
“This is one of the main principles of supporting Palestinian