Monday, February 11, 2013
Hamas May Be Assisting Egypt's Moslem Brotherhood Setting Up Militia
A Militia to Protect the Egyptian Regime - Zvi Mazel
According to the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas, the head of the al-Quds Force, the elite force of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, visited Egypt secretly some weeks ago.
He had apparently been invited to demonstrate how to set up a special, elite unit - distinct from the army - faithful to President Morsi's regime.
There have been reports in recent months that the Muslim Brotherhood was forming a special militia to protect the regime and tackle its opponents and that it was already operational.
The Hamas-Egyptian Alliance -Khaled Abu Toameh
Reports in a number of Egyptian opposition media outlets claim that Hamas dispatched 7,000 militiamen from Gaza to Egypt to protect President Mohamed Morsi, who is currently facing a popular uprising.
The Gulf newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej published what it described as "secret documents" proving that Hamas, with the financial backing of Qatar, had plans to send hundreds of militiamen to Egypt to help Morsi's regime.
The reports have been strongly denied by Hamas officials. Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar lost his temper during an interview with an Egyptian TV station, accusing supporters of the Mubarak regime of being behind the reports depicting Hamas as a terrorist organization helping President Morsi to kill Egyptians.
Nevertheless, the repeated accusations against Hamas show that many Egyptians continue to see the radical Islamist movement as a threat to their national security.
During last week's street clashes in Cairo, anti-Morsi demonstrators torched Hamas and Qatari flags. They also chanted slogans condemning Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood for bringing Hamas militiamen to suppress Egyptian protesters.