Hamas: Egypt Torturing Prisoners

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CBNNews.com - Senior Hamas official Said Siam accused Egypt of detaining and torturing Hamas-affiliated Palestinians who entered the country during January's border breach at the Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip.

Though Hamas orchestrated the border breach, which allowed thousands of Palestinians to enter Egypt, Said claims Egypt is using a double standard.

"The Egyptians are employing double standards," said Hamas' former interior minister. "They don't want to fight against the smuggling of prostitutes by Fatah from Egypt to the Gaza Strip. The Egyptians aren't doing anything to combat smuggling operations or crime," he said.

Said didn't mention arms smuggling, which multiplied exponentially after Israel relinquished control of the Philadelphi corridor to Egyptian security more than two years ago. The corridor is a narrow strip of land separating the Egyptian Sinai from the Gaza Strip.

Nor did he speak of the flow of weapons and terrorists into Gaza after Hamas blew up the security barrier in January.

Siam's concern is Egypt's detaining and interrogating Hamas members.

"The Egyptians aren't asking anything about what's happening inside Egypt," Siam complained. "They have even been interrogating our men about the whereabouts of [kidnapped Israel Defense Forces Corporal] Gilad Shalit," he said.

"These are the type of questions that only Israeli interrogators would ask," Siam said. "I talked with some of the Hamas policemen who were released from Egyptian prisons, and I heard horror stories about what's happening there," he said.

In recent meetings with Egyptian security officials at el-Arish, senior Hamas members demanded that Egypt release all Hamas-affiliated Palestinians, who, they say, pose no threat to Egyptian security.

According to Siam, the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces are working with Israel against Hamas and other "armed groups" in the Gaza Strip.

Siam also said the PA government is aiding Israel in the embargo imposed on Palestinians in Gaza.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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