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Hamas intelligence chief detained at Cairo airport

Sept. 19, 2010 9:15 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 20, 2010 1:46 P.M.)
CAIRO, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Egypt detained a top Hamas security official at the Cairo International Airport, an Egyptian security source said Sunday.

The official was identified as the Hamas government's General Security Service Commander Muhammad Dabaeesh, also known as Abu Radwan.

The source said the detention was made in connection to a thwarted attempt to smuggle millions of dollars worth of wireless devices into Gaza through the border-tunnel complex.

Hamas officials warned that the detention would spark "degradation and tension" in Egypt-Hamas relations, already strained for several months.

In May, the Islamist movement denied reports that Egypt had frozen all contact with Hamas but said relations between Gaza and Cairo were tense following an escalation in security measures by Egyptian forces along the Gaza border.

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