Egyptian Daily: Gaza Barrier a "Sovereign Right"

(AFP) "Egypt, which protects its sovereignty, has the right to develop the barrier separating it and Gaza," the state-owned Al-Gomhuria daily said Thursday in a front-page editorial. "Some people have tried to portray Egypt as playing a part in the blockade of Palestinians by tightening the openings used for smuggling weapons...but smuggling weapons through Sinai is a direct attack on the sovereignty of Egypt," the paper said. "It is up to Hamas to agree on signing a reconciliation agreement which would guarantee a permanent opening of the borders including the Rafah border," between Egypt and Gaza, the paper said. "It is Hamas that stood against reconciliation."

2009-12-17 09:00:36

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