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May 16, 2018 3:37 pm

Report: Hamas Leader Haniyeh ‘Severely Admonished’ by Egypt Over Gaza Border Violence

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Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh gestures as he delivers a speech in Gaza City, Jan. 23, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Mohammed Salem.

During a visit to Cairo on Monday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was “severely admonished” by the Egyptian government over that day’s violence on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, Israel Hayom reported.

An Egyptian intelligence official told Israel Hayom that Cairo was “stunned by the high number of casualties and angered by information provided by Israel that proved Hamas was paying civilians, including children, to place ‎themselves in harm’s way by approaching the fence ‎and clashing with IDF soldiers so as to allow Hamas ‎operatives to blend into the crowd and try to ‎carry out terrorist attacks.”

“Ismail Haniyeh and two bodyguards arrived in Cairo by helicopter within an hour of being summoned,” the official said. “But anyone who says Egyptian intelligence was honoring him by sending a helicopter to get him is wrong — they were furious with him.”

The head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service, Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel “kept Haniyeh waiting outside his office,” according to the official. “It was humiliating. When Haniyeh was finally called in, you could hear him [Kamel] yelling. Haniyeh didn’t dare answer back.”

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“Haniyeh was told, in no uncertain terms, that the blood of the dead was on his and [Hamas military chief Yahya] Sinwar’s hands,” the official continued. “They even showed him images of Hamas operatives paying teenagers to go die near the fence.”

“Kamel demanded that Haniyeh order his people to cease the border riot campaign immediately,” the official revealed. “It was a very stern message.”

A total of 60 Palestinians — most of whom were members of terrorist groups — were killed on Monday as they took part in a violent Hamas-orchestrated effort to storm across the border from Gaza into Israel.

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