Monday, August 6, 2012

Hamas says Israel behind attack on Egypt border post

Channel NewsAsia



GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Hamas' leader in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, on Monday accused Israel of carrying out a weekend raid on an Egyptian border post that killed 16 guards.

"Israel is responsible, one way or another, for this attack to embarrass Egypt's leadership and create new problems at the border in order to ruin efforts to end the (Israeli) siege of the Gaza Strip," Haniya said.

"No Palestinian wants to kill anybody in Egypt. Any attack against Egypt's security is also against the security of Palestinians," he said in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of the Hamas government.

"We call on Egypt to discuss all issues related to the mutual interests of Egypt and Palestinians," he added.

Egypt said 35 gunmen in Bedouin clothing on Sunday opened fire on the guards before crossing into Israel in an armoured vehicle. Israel said five gunmen were killed on its side of the frontier.

MENA, the official news agency in Egypt, reported that the gunmen were "jihadists" who "infiltrated from Gaza through tunnels in collaboration with jihadist elements" inside Egypt.