Friday, 6 September 2013

Hamas plays down Egypt tensions, Gaza power squeezed


GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Gaza's Hamas prime minister on Thursday played down tensions between the Islamist movement and Egypt that have developed between the two sides followed the ouster of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

At the same time, the Gaza energy authority warned that the enclave's sole power plant is in danger of shutting down within days because of a fuel shortage indirectly caused by those tensions.

Speaking in Gaza's parliament, Ismail Haniyeh referred to "attempts to draw the resistance (Hamas) into sideline battles away from the (real) enemy (Israel)."

"The government is not steering the people towards fighting Egypt or towards aggression against any state, regardless of the unprecedented pressure and circumstances the Palestinian people are under," he said.

Egypt's army, which ousted the Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi in a July coup, has since destroyed many of the tunnels Brotherhood ally Hamas uses to bring crucial supplies into the blockaded Strip. more

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