Hamas says Egyptian soldiers killed by Egyptian bullet

January 10, 2010 6:03 AM George Rishmawi Gaza Strip, Internal Unrest, News Report 0
10 Jan
6:03 AM

Egyptian soldier, killed during clashes that followed protests at the Gaza-Egypt border last week, was not killed by Palestinian fire, Hamas’ spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri stated on Saturday.

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Egyptian soldier, killed during clashes that followed protests at the Gaza-Egypt border last week, was not killed by Palestinian fire, Hamas’ spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri stated on Saturday.

The Ma’an News agency quoted Abu Zuhri as saying, “Hamas has information that confirms the Egyptian soldier was shot by the Egyptian forces opening fire at Palestinian protesting the attack against the Lifeline [British Member of Parliament George Galloway’s] convoy.”

Abu Zuhri added that the deposed minister of Interior of Hamas has ran investigation into the incident, and results will be published when ready.

He added that Egyptian forces killed two Palestinian and wounded 33 Palestinians in the clashes, and accused the Egyptian authorities of using the death of the Egyptian solider in the media to cover up the construction of the US-funded wall built on the Gaza-Borders.

Hamas officials have been in contact with Egypt to contain the crisis, he said, adding that ‘it is clear that the relationship between Hamas and Cairo needs a special meeting to organize the basics of the relation and alleviate recent developments, which were caused by the steel wall decision.’

In the meantime, Egyptian officials stated Friday that they will not allow more aid convoys to come to the Gaza Strip through Rafah.

Egyptian Minister of Foreing Affairs, Ahmad Abul Gheit, told reporters that Egyptian authorities will set a new mechanism for shipping international aid to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

According to Ash-Sharq El-Awsat newspaper, the new mechanism requires all aid for delivery to the Gaza Strip to be handed over to the Egyptian Red Crescent at the Al-Arish terminal. The aid will be processed by the Red Crescent and handed over to the Palestinian Red Crescent in Gaza following an inventory.

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