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March 11, 2014 10:34 am

Hamas Desperate for Good Relations With Egypt

avatar by Joshua Levitt

Hamas militants hold a poster of Mohammed Morsi as they celebrate his 2012 election in Gaza City. Photo: Front Page Magazine.

Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, took to Facebook to send peaceful greetings to Cairo, which has barred all activities from the ruling party of Gaza because of fears that it’s been colluding with deposed Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi to lead their combined forces against Egypt’s military.

Egypt has also closed the Rafah crossing, the only land route from Gaza into Egypt, leading to intense Hamas protests over the past two weeks. After Morsi’s ouster, the Egyptian Army shut down some 130 tunnels that connected Gaza with the Sinai, leading to reports that Hamas was losing $30 million in monthly revenues from its smuggling trade.

“We are keen on Egypt’s security because we love Egypt,” Abu Marzouk wrote on Facebook, according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website. “It’s where we have brothers and neighbors. Palestinians cannot do without it, even if they dispensed with us.”

“We know that we have shared destinies,” he wrote. “There’s no crossing other than Egypt’s… we have no choice but to keep good relations with Egypt. No other country could fill its place.”

Marzouk even said that Hamas security stationed along the Gaza-Egypt border received fire from the Egyptian side, but did not return, and eventually pulled back.

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