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Hamas Seeks to Ease Tension With Egypt Army

Some Hamas officials have moved to calm tensions with Egypt's army, but not without heated internal debate.
An Egyptian soldier guards the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip September 16, 2013. The Egyptian army is clearing buildings deemed a security threat at a distance of up to one km (0.6 miles) from the Gaza border, an army spokesman said on Sunday, accusing groups in the Hamas-run territory of mounting joint attacks with Sinai militants. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) - RTX13N6S

After the Egyptian army deposed President Mohammed Morsi on July 3, Hamas felt as if it had been struck by an earthquake.

These fears became reality when the Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah border crossing and destroyed 80% of the tunnels that link Gaza with Sinai. Furthermore, a propaganda offensive was unleashed against the Palestinians in the Egyptian media, the last chapter of which was talk about establishing a security buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza.

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