Hamas beefs up Egypt border force in bid to ease tensions

Hamas security forces patrol an area along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on April 14, 2016 in RafahHamas began deploying additional forces on the Gaza border with Egypt on Thursday, the interior ministry said, in an apparent effort to ease Cairo’s concerns about security. “National security forces started today to increase the number of its troops and double the security bases along all the southern border with Egypt to be able to control the border better,” spokesman Iyad al-Bazm told AFP. A Palestinian security officer called the measures “important new security arrangements to reassure the brothers in Egypt the border is secure”.

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