Hamas Denies Taking Part in Egypt, Syria Fighting

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya on Saturday denied reports that the Islamist group was involved in fighting in the neighboring Egyptian Sinai or in Syria.

Hamas Denies Taking Part in Egypt, Syria Fighting

"We did not interfere in the affairs of any country and are not involved in the events or differences or internal conflicts of any country," Haniya said.

"This (is) our position regarding what has happened and is happening in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and all Arab and Islamic countries," he said.

"We are not involved in any incident," he added.

"Neither in the Sinai or elsewhere. We only act in the Palestinian arena and our guns are turned only toward the Zionist enemy," Haniya stated, AFP reported.

He called on the media to stop their "baseless" accusations against Hamas, which he said "is proud to have taken from its first day a principled and moral position for the people and their suffering and their right to freedom, democracy and dignity."

Haniya made the remarks during a speech marking two years since captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, feted in Gaza as a victory for the "resistance."



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