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Hamas military wing denies report linking leaders to Egypt attack
Published Thursday 14/03/2013 (updated) 15/03/2013 19:10
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Hamas’ military wing says it will sue the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine over a report Thursday accusing Hamas leaders of killing Egyptian soldiers in the northern Sinai.

“We will file legal proceedings against the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram over his false claims,” al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Ubayda told a news conference in Gaza City Thursday.

“Those writers should have prioritized siding with the Palestinian people.”

Abu Ubayda added that the resistance maintained strong relations with both the Egyptian leadership and the people after the revolution. “The Egyptian people know quite well who the al-Qassam Brigades and Gaza resistance are. The people supported resistance and some did not like that.”

Asked about Israeli forces’ ongoing breaches of the ceasefire in Gaza, Abu Ubayda said: “That does not serve Israel’s interests as the Gaza resistance will not tolerate that too long.”

The news conference came after Egypt’s attorney general received a notification from a lawyer urging the AG to take into account reports on satellite TV stations and Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine related to an August attack against an Egyptian military base near the border with Gaza in Rafah killing 16 soldiers.

The lawyer, Samir Sabri, wrote that about 32 “terrorists” were involved in the attack, the majority of whom were affiliated to fundamentalist Takfir groups accusing Egypt's army, police and rulers of apostasy. Egyptian security services, according to the notification, have revealed the names of the suspects.

Three are affiliated to Hamas and one was identified by his lawyer as Ayman Nofal, a leader within the al-Qassam Brigades. Nofal managed to escape from al-Marj prison two years ago where he was detained on charges of incitement and illegally breaking through the Egyptian border in 2008.

Another suspect, according to the notification, is Muhammad Ibrahim Salah Abu Shamala (Abu Khalil), aged 39. He is a top Hamas leader. The third is Raed al-Attar “who masterminded the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.”

The lawyer highlighted that Egypt’s presidency received a report with details about the investigation. “However the details were kept secret and the presidency did not make them public, nor did he try to reveal who was behind the murder of those martyrs whose funeral Dr Mursi did not bother himself to attend.”

Earlier, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar denied that any of the three Hamas leaders was involved in the attack on Egyptian soldiers in Rafah. Zahhar described the magazine as a “collaborator with Israel.” He added that the three in question never left the Gaza Strip, and that they were wanted by Israel.

Cairo had previously indicated that some of the gunmen who killed 16 Egyptian soldiers near the Gaza border fence in August had crossed into Egypt via tunnels below the border.

Recent efforts to close the tunnels have angered Hamas officials who were expecting better ties with Cairo following the election last year of President Mohamed Mursi, a fellow Islamist.
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1 ) ABE / USA
14/03/2013 18:33
Now Egyptians are collaborating with ISRAEL! Hamas live in a bizarre fantasy world!

2 ) Mel / USA
14/03/2013 18:46
What total claptrap!WHY the f**k'd Hamas kill Egyptian soldiers?With a MuslimBro Pressie now,KNOWING it'd flame un-necessary hostility/suspicion from Egyptian people? OK,Morsi's keen to please USG&retain his CIVIL power,despite old Mubarakites/USG still controlling Egypt's ARMED FORCES,weps & economy! ?ISRAEL's trying to get Egypt's M/B to TURN on Hamas(elected democratically),for POWER! Just as NATO's al-Qaeda COUP in Syria is just to oust Leb.Hezbollah(elected),then what?Israel ATTACKS IRAN???

3 ) howard / usa
14/03/2013 19:36
insteaxd of " prioritized siding with the Palestinian people.” perhaps the truth was more important than allegiance

4 ) Photos / Lie
14/03/2013 20:25
What we see of Hamas in the above photo is
- 13 Microphones and 1 Rifle, but Hamas activities are better described as
- 1 Microphone and 13 Rifles, 130 bombs, and 1,300 rockets & mortars, and
the EU should add them to the International Terrorist List !!!

5 ) Around / World
14/03/2013 23:10
There are about 85 mil Zionists in Egypt - it is a lot of Zionists. And almost all of them do not like Hamas. Very sad.

6 ) Outier / USA
14/03/2013 23:37
If members of Hamas' Military Wing cannot show their faces at a news conference, there is no way they will show their faces in court.

7 ) Filipe / Portugal
15/03/2013 01:45
In what court do they intend to file charges?

8 ) sam / canada
15/03/2013 02:25
im just watching this thread to see how many people can come up with new and inventive ways somehow put the blame on israel for this lol.

9 ) resistance / jordan
15/03/2013 07:05
there is no way hamas would do this... if they would not do it during Mubaraks era why would they poison their relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood govt by killing egyptian soldiers...it makes 0 sense...there are some felool in egypt pushing this to ensure the new egypt stays trapped in its old colloborater puppet zionist foreign policy
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