Palestinian Hamas Deploys Forces On Egypt’s Border To Fight Isis Militants

The militant Hamas group has deployed forces along the Egypt-Gaza border to counter Cairo’s concerns that it is aiding Islamic state extremists in Egypt’s lawless Sinai peninsula.

Egypt accuses Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, of providing a safe haven for the is affiliate in Sinai through a network of smuggling tunnels.

Hamas and a high-ranking Egyptian security official said the deployment is part of an agreement reached with Egyptian officials last month that nothing that harms Egypt will come out of Gaza The Egyptian security official said the deployment is part of the new deal with Egypt that sees Hamas halt tunnel construction in return for opening the Rafah border crossing, Gaza’s main gateway to the outside world

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