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Egypt denies intelligence agents working in Gaza

Aug. 29, 2013 6:52 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 1, 2013 2:45 P.M.)
CAIRO, Egypt (Ma'an) -- An Egyptian security official on Thursday denied claims by Hamas that Egyptian intelligence agents were working in the Gaza Strip.

"Such false accusations are part of attempts by the Hamas movement to discharge its domestic crisis to Egypt," the security official told Ma'an.

Earlier Thursday, Hamas security sources said a Palestinian had been arrested the southern Gaza Strip. The man, identified only as M.M., admitted to running a cell for Egyptian intelligence, Hamas security officials said.

They added that the suspect and his group attempted to "disseminating rumors amongst citizens, drivers, and the Gaza society seeking to implicate Hamas and Al-Qassam Brigades in the events in Sinai and the ongoing unrest in Egypt."

Hamas sources said the group had provided Arab media outlets with fabricated stories. The cell had worked with Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian Authority intelligence services, the Hamas security officials said.
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