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Hamas: Gaza-Egypt crossing to reopen

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas announced Wednesday that the blockaded territory's border with Egypt would open after a 50-day closure, telling Palestinians wishing to travel to present their passports. Egypt has severely restricted access through the crossing in the border city of Rafah since July, when the army deposed Hamas's ally, president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The crossing will reopen for three days starting Saturday, Hamas's interior ministry said.

Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.

Hamas sends Israelis threatening text messages

The military wing of Hamas which rules Gaza sent threatening text messages to Israelis on Saturday, 10 years after the Palestinian Islamist movement's spiritual leader was killed in an Israeli air strike. Israelis, as well as foreign reporters in Israel, received messages reading: "If Gaza will be attacked the life of the Zionists will be hell" and "In the next war all the Land of Palestine will return". A Hamas source told AFP it was the work of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.

Hamas says Egypt closing Gaza border 'crime against humanity'

Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday sharply criticised Egypt's closure of the Rafah border crossing, saying Cairo's tightening of restrictions on the Palestinian territory was a "crime against humanity." "The Egyptian authorities' insistence on closing the Rafah crossing and tightening the Gaza blockade... is a crime against humanity by all standards and a crime against the Palestinian people," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum said in a statement. He condemned "the continuation of this blockade and closing the crossing, all whilst Israel escalates and (increases) aggression".

Hamas says Israel responsible for 'escalation'

Hamas said Wednesday it holds Israel responsible for any "escalation" in the Gaza Strip, after militants from Islamic Jihad fired more than 50 rockets at the south of the Jewish state. "We hold the occupation responsible, we warn of the consequences of any escalation and we reiterate that resistance is the right of the Palestinian people to defend itself," said Ihab al-Ghassin, a spokesman for the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs Gaza. my-jad/al

Egypt ban could push Hamas into new fight with Israel

An Egyptian court ban on Hamas activities could push the increasingly isolated Palestinian Islamist movement into another battle with Israel, analysts say. The latest move marked a further deterioration in ties between Egypt and Hamas, which has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and is now the target of a sweeping crackdown by the military-installed government.

Ties between Egypt and Hamas since the fall of Mubarak

Below are the main developments in relations between Egypt and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Egypt never recognised Hamas's rule in Gaza after it forcibly ousted the more moderate Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas from the enclave in 2007. --2011-- - February 11: Scenes of jubilation across the Gaza Strip after Mubarak's resignation following an 18-day popular uprising.

Ties between Egypt and Hamas since the fall of Mubarak

Below are the main developments in relations between Egypt and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Egypt never recognised Hamas's rule in Gaza after it forcibly ousted the more moderate Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas from the enclave in 2007. --2011-- - February 11: Scenes of jubilation across the Gaza Strip after Mubarak's resignation following an 18-day popular uprising.

Egypt court bans Palestinian Hamas group

An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned the activities of the Palestinian militant Hamas group that rules the neighbouring Gaza Strip and ordered its assets seized, a judicial source said. Hamas denounced the move, which it said "serves the (Israeli) occupation." Egyptian officials have accused Hamas of plotting with deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement to carry out "terror attacks" in the country.

Hamas says Egypt ban serves Israeli occupation

Hamas on Tuesday slammed an Egyptian court's decision to ban the activities of the Palestinian Islamist movement governing Gaza, saying it "serves" the group's arch-enemy Israel. "Any decision such as this is an attempt to besiege the resistance, and serves the Israeli occupation," Bassem Naim, a senior official in Hamas, told AFP. az-jad/jk
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