Zahhar: Hamas will not interfere in Egyptian affairs

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will not interfere in internal Egyptian affairs, a senior party official said Wednesday.

“We respect all political, popular, constitutional components of Egypt. We will not interfere in Egyptian matters,” Mahmoud Zahhar told reporters in Gaza City.

“We want to establish legitimate economic relations with Egypt, and not through tunnels,” Zahhar added.

Egypt has recently cracked down on smuggling tunnels under its border with Gaza, blocking a lifeline to the besieged enclave.

Regarding Hamas’ latest campaign against collaborators with Israel, Zahhar said the party would legally pursue anyone “who abuses the program of the resistance, especially from the Palestinian side.”

Zahhar stressed Hamas’ commitment to an Egypt-brokered ceasefire with Israel, signed to end an 8-day war in November. Israel backtracked on its commitment to extend the fishing zone along the Gaza coast on Thursday after two rockets were fired from Gaza.

“We spoke to the Egyptian sponsor, and they promised to pressure Israel to implement the agreement. If the enemy wants to get away from the agreement then they will pay the price, because they were the ones who asked for the ceasefire on the second day of the last war,” Zahhar said.

(Source / 28.03.2013)

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