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        1/14/2014, Shevat 13, 5774

      Egypt to Crack down on Hamas


      Euronews reports that after crushing the Muslim Brotherhood at home, Egypt’s military rulers plan to undermine the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which runs the neighboring Gaza Strip, senior Egyptian security officials told Reuters.

      The aim, which the officials say could take years to pull off, includes working with Hamas’s political rivals Fatah and supporting popular anti-Hamas activities in Gaza, four security and diplomatic officials said, adds Euronews.

      Since it seized power in Egypt last summer, says Euronews, Egypt’s military has squeezed Gaza’s economy by destroying most of the 1,200 tunnels used to smuggle food, cars and weapons to the coastal enclave, which is under an Israeli blockade.

      Euronews notes Cairo is becoming even more ambitious in its drive to eradicate what it says are militant organizations that threaten its national security.