Report: Egypt has long-term plan to oust Hamas
Published Tuesday 14/01/2014 (updated) 16/01/2014 11:45
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egypt's military rulers have formulated a long-term plan to undermine Hamas' rule over the neighboring Gaza Strip, Reuters reported Tuesday quoting senior security officials.
Citing four security and diplomatic officials, Reuters said the security authorities in Egypt would work with Fatah and support popular movements against Hamas in the besieged territory.
"Gaza is next," one senior security official told Reuters, referring to the Arab Spring protests that have brought down governments across the region, including in Egypt.
"We cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza, which lies on our borders."
Egypt's military rulers recently declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. The group, which won elections following protests that brought down dictator Hosni Mubarak, is considered an ideological predecessor of Hamas.
Responding to the threats and claims of involvement in efforts to destabilize Egypt, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters that the group did not attempt to intervene in other countries.
"We reaffirm that Hamas did not and never would intervene in the internal Egyptian affairs," Abu Zuhri was quoted as saying. "No one should ever dream to weaken Hamas."