Hamas congratulates Egypt on October war anniversary

Relations between Egypt and Hamas have deteriorated since Morsi's overthrow

Hamas congratulates Egypt on October war anniversary

The Hamas government has congratulated Egypt on the anniversary of a 1973 military victory against Israel, calling on Cairo to open the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip "permanently".

In a Tuesday statement, the Gaza-based government described the October war as "a turning point in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict".

Egypt marked on Sunday the 40th anniversary of the military victory against Israel for regaining the Sinai Peninsula.

The Hamas government also called on Egyptian authorities to open the Rafah border crossing around the clock in both directions.

The Rafah crossing represents Gaza's only gateway to the outside world. All other points into or out of the coastal enclave remain tightly sealed by Israel.

Egyptian authorities have tightened control over the border with Gaza since the army's July 3 ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

The Palestinian group also called for halting what it described as "media incitement" against the Palestinian people, denying accusations which the group said "are aimed at dragging the Palestinian people into the security incidents in Egypt".

Relations between Egypt and Hamas have deteriorated since Morsi's overthrow. Local Egyptian media accuse Hamas of interfering in Egypt's internal affairs and provide support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a claim dismissed by Hamas.

The Egyptian military has also launched a wide-ranging campaign to destroy the network of underground tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt, which in recent years have been used to smuggle badly-needed commodities into the coastal enclave.

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