[ 11/12/2011 - 05:41 PM ]
GAZA, (PIC)– Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, has categorically denied building factories for manufacturing missiles in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula.
Barhoum told the PIC on Sunday that the Israeli news allegation aimed at driving a wedge between Hamas and Egypt.
He affirmed that Hamas’ battle against Israel was and will remain on the land of Palestine, charging Israel with planning to strike Egyptian targets in any future aggression on Gaza.
Meanwhile, an Egyptian source in Sinai has refuted the allegation, adding that no one would dare establish such installations on Egyptian soil. He described the Israeli media report as sheer lies.
He said that Egypt was having full control on each and every inch of its land, Sinai included, noting that multi-national forces were deployed in northern Sinai according to the peace treaty with Israel and were monitoring the commitment of both parties to that treaty and could not have ignored such installations if theydid exist.
The Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post had claimed that Hamas was maintaining such factories and missiles bases in Sinai to avoid Israeli air strikes, adding that Tel Aviv had asked Cairo to boost its presence in and control of Sinai but the Egyptian military did not intervene to dismantle Hamas’s “infrastructure” in Sinai.
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