Hamas on full alert after Sinai attack (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 08/06/12)
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Hamas said on Monday that its security forces in the Gaza Strip are
on the alert after Egypt´s army vowed to avenge the killing of 16
guards by gunmen near the Israeli border.
Egypt´s MENA news agency has said the gunmen were "jihadists"
who "infiltrated from Gaza through tunnels" into the adjacent Sinai
but Hamas has dismissed the idea that militants from inside their
territory were involved.
"The national security services are on a 100-percent state of alert
to maintain common security between the Gaza Strip and Egypt," Jamal
al-Jarrah, head of the Hamas security forces, wrote on the interior
He accused Israel of encouraging speculation that Gaza Palestinians
were involved in Sunday´s attack.
"The occupation is trying to spread its rumours and hold Gaza
responsible for the attack, to cause tension in relations between the
Palestinian and Egyptian peoples," said Jarrah. "We assert that we
are working around the clock to maintain common security."
The Hamas government in Gaza was due to meet later on Monday to
discuss the situation.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, speaking from his headquarters in
the West bank city of Ramallah, condemned the attack.
"President Abbas, the Palestinian people and the Palestinian
leadership condemn with the strongest of words this crime that was
committed by the hands of a terrorist group," his spokesman Nabil Abu
Rdeineh said in a statement
"Despite its gravity, this crime will not undermine the depth of
relations between the two peoples and the Palestinian and Egyptian
leaderships," he added. "It will not affect Egypt´s national role in
permanently committing to support our cause and our people´s
struggle." (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 08/06/12)
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