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Palestinian faction Hamas could not find any proof that anyone from the Gaza Strip was involved in a recent attack on a military site in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, a movement source said Monday.
The source, who requested anonymity, told Anadolu Agency that Hamas had formed an investigation committee – including top security officials, the Interior Ministry and the Health Ministry – to investigate Egyptian media claims that people from the Gaza Strip were involved in an attack on a military site in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday.
The attack left 31 Egyptian troops dead and an equal number wounded in what observers say was the most deadly attack in Egypt in recent years.
"Health Ministry hospitals did not receive any people wounded by gunfire following the Sinai attack," the Hamas official source said.
He added that the Gaza Interior Ministry had tightened its control over Gaza's Rafah border crossing with Egypt immediately after the attack to prevent anybody from either entering or exiting the Palestinian territory.
Following the attack, Egypt declared three days of national mourning and a three-month emergency in some parts of Sinai. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also ordered the closure of the Rafah crossing until further notice.
Relations between Egypt and Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, deteriorated when Egypt's army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the same movement, in July 2013 following mass protests against him.
These relations only picked up again recently when Egypt brokered an end to an Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on August 26.
Egypt had also hosted permanent indirect cease-fire talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, but postponed the talks after Israel's recent offensive.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2014, 16:43