Hamas leader Salah Bardaweel presented the documents in a news conference in Gaza. He claimed they were issued by the Palestinian intelligence, its embassy in Cairo, and some Fatah leaders to fabricate false news in the Egyptian media to embroil Hamas in Egypt’s turmoil.
Hamas refused to explain how it obtained the documents, which included instructions on creating news about Hamas killing and kidnapping Egyptian soldiers, participating in the fighting in Sinai, involvement with Salafist parties and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in the aftermath of protests that led to the ouster of President Muhammad Mursi.
Hamas accused Fatah of involving itself in Egypt’s crisis, and it called for Egypt to hold those who try to sabotage the relationship between Egyptians and Palestinians accountable.
Maj.-Gen. Majid Faraj, the head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service, responded that the accusations were “absurd and not worth responding to.”
He said that Hamas became “hysterical” after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world. The Egyptian media and people are not naïve enough to be manipulated by outsiders, he added.