Hamas Sends Hundreds of Fighters to Egyptian Border in Effort to Ease Ties With Cairo

Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a protest against the Israeli police raid on Jerusalem's al-Aksa mosque in Khan Yunis. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The Jerusalem Post reports: Islamic fundamentalist organization Hamas has been building up its security apparatus near the Egyptian and Israeli border in an attempt improve ties with Cairo, AFP reported Saturday.

After three years of cantankerous relations, the ruling power in the coastal enclave has signaled to Cairo its willingness to tackle security challenges plaguing the Sinai Peninsula by building military checkpoints and  sending hundreds of additional security forces to its southern border.

Ties between Hamas and Cairo quickly deteriorated in 2013 after the ouster of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Since then, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has taken a tough line with the terror organization, accusing Hamas of supporting jihadist attacks against Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, according to AFP.
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