Ha­mas se­cu­rity ar­rests ex­trem­ists near bor­der with Egypt

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics - By Amira El-Fekki

Se­cu­rity forces in the Gaza Strip said Fri­day they ar­rested a wanted rad­i­cal sus­pect, cur­rently un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Pales­tinian me­dia AlQuds on Sat­ur­day, he is one of the most wanted and was cap­tured in Rafah near the bor­der with Egypt, along with three oth­ers.The news web­site said the se­cu­rity raid came shortly af­ter Deputy In­te­rior Min­istry Taw­fiq Abu Naim an­nounced the com­ple­tion of a buf­fer zone be­tween the Gaza Strip and Si­nai.

In an in­ter­view pub­lished Sat­ur­day in the lead­ing Egyp­tian pro-state news­pa­per Al-Youm Al-Sabea, Deputy In­te­rior Min­istry Taw­fiq Abu Naim said the wire barbs, se­cu­rity cam­eras, and an op­er­a­tion room have been in­stalled in the buf­fer zone.

Ear­lier in July,it was an­nounced that con­struc­tion had started to es­tab­lish the first phase of a closed military zone on the bor­der­line ex­tend­ing 12 kilo­me­tres, with a mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. This comes as Egypt launched last week its third phase of its own bor­der­line military buf­fer zone in Si­nai.

Amid on­go­ing pro­ceed­ing to­wards restor­ing re­la­tions with Egypt, Ha­mas of­fi­cials as­serted on sev­eral oc­ca­sion their com­mit­ment to safe­guard­ing Egypt’s na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­ests. Abu Naim re­flected this ap­proach in his state­ments say­ing Gaza should not be a “headache” to Egypt.

An up­com­ing meet­ing to con­tinue dis­cus­sions on the Ha­mas-Fatah rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is ex­pected to take place in Cairo this week af­ter a first step con­sist­ing of Ha­mas open­ing the way for the Pales­tinian Author­ity cab­i­net to con­vene in Gaza, in the pres­ence of Head of the Egyp­tian Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence Khaled Fawzy.

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