Home > News > World
Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 5:40:03 AM
Friday July 18, 2014 MYT 5:41:32 AM
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's foreign minister accused Qatar, Turkey and Hamas on Thursday of conspiring to undermine Cairo's efforts to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel in Gaza, Egypt's state news agency reported.
Egypt sees Hamas as a threat because it is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which the army removed from power last year, straining ties with the Gulf Arab state of Qatar and with Turkey, both countries that backed Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri made the accusation against Turkey, Qatar and Hamas in a briefing with local newspaper editors, the state news agency MENA reported.
“Had Hamas accepted the Egyptian initiative, at least 40 Palestinian souls would have been saved,” MENA quoted Shukri as saying.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, an official statement from his office said. Reuters witnesses and Gaza residents reported heavy artillery and naval shelling and helicopter fire along the Gaza border.
Egypt had proposed a permanent ceasefire plan on Tuesday, which Israel accepted. But Hamas, saying its terms had been ignored, rejected it.
Hamas wants Israel and Egypt to lift border restrictions that have deepened economic hardship among Gaza's 1.8 million populace and caused a cash crunch in the movement, which has been unable to pay its employees for months.
Egypt accuses Hamas of supporting militant groups in the Sinai seeking to topple the Cairo government, an allegation it denies.
(Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Howard Goller)
Fewer Germans going to Syria, Iraq to fight for Islamic State - spy chief
Greece wants full bailout, not bridge loan, ruling party says
Japan's Abe asks Biden for investigation of possible U.S. spying
Australia says initial MH370 debris drift models gave wrong clues
Germany sacks top prosecutor in row over treason inquiry
How to manage your project cashflow
Maggi contest winner takes home Toyota Hilux
Pearson clearing hurdles on long road back to top
Locals in the 'city of brotherly love' offer to breathe new life into hitchBOT
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)