Saturday, February 09, 2008

Egypt fears Gazans bought land in Sinai

Feb 7, 2008 22:42 | Updated Feb 8, 2008 1:43

Egyptian authorities are investigating claims that many Gazans bought land in Sinai in the past few weeks.

Leaders of several Beduin tribes living in Sinai have sent a message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in which they strongly denied that their families sold land to Palestinians who poured into Egypt after the border was breached on January 23.

Egyptian law prohibits foreigners from purchasing land in Sinai.

The investigation comes amid growing tension between Egypt and Hamas over the tearing down of the security fence along the border with the Gaza Strip.

The sources told The Jerusalem Post that Cairo had also declared Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal persona non grata. In addition, several Hamas leaders from the Gaza Strip have been told they would not be allowed to enter Egypt. They include Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Mahmoud Zahar and Said Siam. (JP)

There goes the neighborhood...


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