Hamas helps Egypt in hunt for Sinai terrorists
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
As Egypt and Hamas broaden cooperative efforts, Gaza authorities round up suspects belonging to extremist Islamic groups.
Egyptian soldiers in Rafah in the Sinai Peninsula Photo: reuters
Hamas announced Thursday that it was doing its utmost to help the Egyptian authorities capture the terrorists who killed 16 Egyptian border guards in Sinai on August 5. The announcement came as Palestinians in the Gaza Strip reported that Hamas security forces have rounded up a number of suspects belonging to extremist Islamic groups in the context of efforts to solve the case.
The statement also came amid reports that Hamas and the Egyptians have formed a joint security committee to investigate the terrorist attack. “We are doing everything we can to help Egypt in gathering information and carrying out other security measures to reveal the identity of the perpetrators of the massacre,” said Ehab Ghissin, spokesman of the Hamas-run Interior Ministry. Coordination between Hamas and the Egyptian authorities was taking place “on all levels” to solve the case and bring the perpetrators to trial, he said.
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