Hamas denies involvement in Egypt turmoil

09:17, February 06, 2011      

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Islamic Hamas movement on Saturday denied media reports that the Gaza-based group was involved in fueling tension in Egypt.

Salah Al-Bardaweel, a Hamas spokesman, accused Egyptian media of "trying to implicate Hamas and the Palestinian people of Gaza in the events and popular uprising in Egypt."

The media reports said Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, infiltrated Egypt to support the movement in toppling the Egyptian regime.

Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt more than 80 years ago, is a major but legally banned opposition group in Egypt.

The reports' only goal is "to insult and harm Hamas and incite the West against it," said the spokesman.

He reiterated that Hamas' "steady policy" is based on not intervening in the internal affair of any country.

Hamas, which won the parliamentary elections in 2006, has been controlling the Gaza Strip, which borders northern Sinai in north Egypt, since it routed forces loyal to the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.

Gaza and northern Sinai are connected through a network of illegal smuggling tunnels overseen by Hamas.

Source: Xinhua
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