World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds prayed at the Egyptian embassy in Gaza City on Monday in a show of solidarity with the Egyptian people following the deadly attack in Sinai that killed 16 Egyptian officers, reported on Ma'an News Agency.
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh led Tarawih prayers, performed during Ramadan after the last prayer of the day. He also performed symbolic funeral prayers for the slain officers.
After prayers, senior Hamas leader Yahya al-Sinwar reiterated the party's condemnation of the brazen attack on a police station where Egypt's borders with Israel and Gaza converge. He said Palestinian resistance did not target Egyptians.
"In the name of all Palestinian factions and the al-Qassam Brigades we say that Palestine does not target Egyptian people or Egyptian security," he said.
Al-Sinwar urged Egyptian authorities to beware of attempts to undermine the relationship between Palestine and Egypt.
Meanwhile, Islamic intellectual and preacher Salah Sultan said in a statement that Gaza was not involved in the Sinai attack, and urged Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi to ignore attempts to implicate the enclave in the killings.
Sultan also urged Egypt not to punish Gaza by closing the Rafah crossing, noting that pilgrims were trying to travel to Saudi Arabia.
Egypt closed the Gaza border "indefinitely" after the Sinai attack. Rafah crossing was the only border open to residents of Gaza due to Israel's blockade.
Hamas said Monday it was shutting down the around 1,000 smuggling tunnels to the Egyptian Sinai, prompting Gaza residents to stockpile petrol and other scarce imported goods.
Anti-Palestinian sentiment surfaced in Sinai's border towns after the attack.
"Since yesterday, people in el-Arish, Sheikh Zuwaid and Rafah are forcing Palestinians to return home, and those who are caught are beaten up," said a resident of Sheikh Zuwaid, declining to be named.
However, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that the attack can be attributed to Mossad and was an attempt to thwart President Mohamed Mursi.
ISIS has executed 284 men and boys as coalition forces closed in on Mosul with those rounded up earlier being used as human shields
Serbia's top diplomat has complained that the European Union is putting "unacceptable" pressure on the country to impose sanctions against Russia.
Tajikistan began joint antiterror drills with China on October 20 near the border with Afghanistan as part of Beijing's drive to boost security in the region
Opposition party to decide Sunday whether to form government with conservative rivals or trigger yet more elections
Greece’s return of 10 Syrian refugees to Turkey, reportedly without considering their asylum claims, is a dangerous move that shows a callous disregard for their safety, Amnesty International said.
As the Mosul operation enters its sixth day, more than 30 villages have been retaken from ISIL control
Federal forces detain fugitive former police chief of Iguala, the southern city where 43 students disappeared in 2014.
Opposition leaders have accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Friday of crossing a line into dictatorship
Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters were evacuated last night after a “suspicious” envelope was opened by interns.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Iraq Saturday to assess the progress of the Mosul operation
Interior Ministry says it will consider extradition on case-by-case basis
Seen as a symbol of the failure of President Francois Hollande’s government to deal with the refugee crisis, the camp will be closed in order for demolition
A recent report by the human rights organization Amnesty International alleged that Sudan's government may have used chemical weapons in their offensives against rebels in Jebel Marra, Darfur, this year.
Norway is considering a Pentagon request to host a small rotational force of Marines
Oklahoma, Louisiana also turn down similar requests from Russia
Accusing the ICC of bias, the withdrawal of South Africa has rocked the ICC