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Egyptian newspaper claims Hamas plans to break through border

April 15, 2008 12:43 P.M. (Updated: April 15, 2008 12:43 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Ahram on Tuesday revealed a Hamas plan to breach the Gaza-Egypt border.

"The Hamas movement continues its religious and political incitement against Egypt, while reliable Palestinian sources revealed that Hamas militias have formulated a plan to break through the Egyptian borders," the newspaper reported.

According to Al-Ahram's Palestinian sources, the first stage of the plan is to shell the borders with mortars that have already been deployed along the border.

The second stage is to fire on Egyptian border guards. A special Fatwa was issued last Friday legalizing the killing of Egyptian soldiers. Then Hamas fighters will surround Egyptian military bunkers through a network of underground tunnels. Some of the bunkers will be blown up with explosives planted in tunnels, running underneath them, Al-Ahram reported.

At the same time the border fence will be blown up the border fence to allow mobs of Gazan citizens to flow into the Egyptian side of the borders, the sources told Al-Ahram.

Al-Ahram claims that Hamas fighters have planted explosives four kilometres along the Egyptian border. The newspaper's sources claim that directives to blow up the borders are pending approval by certain Arab and regional countries who support Hamas.

The sources also claim that Hamas contacted the Islamic Brotherhood which is banned in Egypt will stage pro-Hamas rallies during the assault on the borders to embarrass the Egyptian government if they try to counter the Hamas breakthrough.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri described the report as "baseless lies."

"We absolutely deny what was in Al-Ahram's report that Hamas plans to assault Egyptian soldiers and we consider the report to be incitement by the newspaper to encourage Egyptian soldiers to kill Palestinian people," he added.

Abu Zuhri invited journalists to come to the Gaza-Egypt border to see for themselves that accusations of mortars being planted along the border are false.

"We are sorry that such a campaign is being led by the official Egyptian newspaper.We consider their false reports published over the past few days to be an attempt to influence the Egyptian public opinion and prevent any solidarity with the Palestinian people. Equally important, we consider such reports to be inciting Egyptian soldiers to shed Palestinian blood," he explained.

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