No steel wall on borders with Gaza: Egyptian FM spokesman

10:37, December 23, 2009      

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Egypt ruled out on Tuesday that the constructions on its borders with Gaza Strip are meant to build a steel wall to punish Islamic Hamas movement as media reports said.

Egypt is the one that determines measures on its territory to preserve national security and protect the country's borders, Egypt's MENA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

Such an issue is non-negotiable, said Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hossam Zaki.

Zaki said news that Egypt is constructing a wall along its borders with the Gaza Strip was reported by an Israeli newspaper and then fanned by some media outlets, adding that the move was followed by comments by international officials who do not have precise information about Egypt's measures in this regard.

He described as groundless news reports that Egypt's constructions along the border with the coastal enclave are designed to punish Hamas as the movement refuses to sign an Egyptian paper on Palestinian reconciliation.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told pan-Arab al Arabiya news channel that no country should interfere in Egypt's decisions that aimed at protecting the security and safety of its territories.

Abul Gheit underlined that Egypt would never accept any kind of threat to its national security, saying that his country has the right to make any kind of establishments on its territories or even fix eavesdropping equipment.

Earlier on Monday, hundreds of Hamas supporters gathered on the Palestinian side of Gaza's southern border with Egypt, protesting an underground barrier Egypt is building.

The demonstrators chanted slogans calling for a lift to an Israeli blockade imposed more than two years ago and urged Egypt to stop building the steel wall.

The assumed wall would curb a network of underground tunnels the Palestinians use to bring in a wide variety of goods and products that Israel does not allow into Gaza markets due to the closure of the commercial crossings with Israel.

Source: Xinhua
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