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Hamas on Sunday dismissed reports that Egyptian authorities had arrested a member of Ezzeddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in Sinai Peninsula on Saturday.
"Such reports are out of touch with reality," Hamas' official spokesman Sami Abu Zahri told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
"No Qassam Brigades members are in Egypt," he added.
Quoting security sources from northern Sinai, some Egyptian newspapers reported the arrest of a senior member of from the Qassam Brigades near the border between Egypt and Gaza on Saturday.
The newspapers said the member was driving a car and had a sniper rifle, a machine gun, gun bullets, a laptop and a camera.
Abu Zahri said the reports are part of a smear campaign targeting the Palestinian resistance.
"Publishing this news at this time aims to deflect the attention of the Egyptian people from what happens in Egypt at present," Abu Zahri said.
"We are against embroiling Hamas in Egypt's internal affairs," he said. "We want this to stop."
Relations have become tense between Hamas, an ideological offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and the country's new regime since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader himself.
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