Hamas tells Egypt that Gaza won't suffer in silence

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoom described the Egyptian closure of the Rafah border crossing as a "crime".

Hamas tells Egypt that Gaza won't suffer in silence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Palestinian resistance movement Hamas said on Wednesday that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip will not remain silent about what it called the Egyptian "crime" closing the Rafah crossing with the Palestinian territory.

"If Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation were silent about the closure, the Palestinian people will not fall silent," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoom wrote on his Facebook page.

He described the Egyptian closure of the border crossing as a "crime"– which became Gaza's only window to the outside world since Israel closes all other crossings with the Palestinian enclave.

Egypt has tightened its grip on the border crossing for months now since the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

The Egyptian closure of the border terminal has continued for 40 days now, according to the Ministry of the Interior in Gaza.

The director of Gaza's crossings and border authority Maher Abu Sabha told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that Egypt had already totally suspended its contacts with his authority.

Barhoom described the closure of the border crossing and the blockade on Gaza as a "crime against humanity" committed by both Egypt and Israel, which has slapped a crippling siege on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

Fatah spokesman pelted with eggs in Cairo

Ahmed Assaf, spokesman for the Palestinian Fatah movement, was pelted with eggs in Cairo on Wednesday as he prepared to enter official news agency MENA for an interview.

Three people hurled eggs at Assaf as he prepared to enter MENA's headquarters in downtown Cairo, while a fourth managed to photograph the incident, a MENA official said.

"Assaf was rushed into the building while security guards chased the men and arrested two of them," the official told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.

One of the mencarried a Palestinian ID card, according to the official.

Assaf cancelled a planned interview on Egypt's privately-owned Dream TV networkon on Tuesday to answer accusations leveled by sacked Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The decision to cancel the interview was attributed to channel officials'insistence on hosting a Dahlan loyalist on the show.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mart 2014, 09:54