Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh joined members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in blaiming
Israel for latest Sinai attack.
Meanwhile, dozens of Egyptians protested outside the Israeli ambassadorâ€™s residence in Cairo calling on the Egyptian government to cut off relations with Israel, local media reported.
â€śItâ€™s definitely Israel who is behind it," one protester said. "We demand the termination of any political relations with Israel,â€ť said Ahmed El-Toni who referred to himself as an â€śindependent activist.â€ť
Egyptian newspaper al-Youm al-Sabaa reported that among the protesters in Cairo were members of Egyptian youth movements. Mohammed Fuzi, a member of the April 6 movement described the protest as symbolic and said that if their demands are not met, the various factions will coordinate steps to escalate their struggle.
On Tuesday, Israeli officials decided to reopen the Kerem Shalom border crossing which was the site of Sunday's terror attack following a situation assessment. The crossing was closed Monday as part of the heightened alert.
Hamas, on its part, is still trying to fend off accusations that it was involved in the deadly attack. Haniyeh has called for the establishment of a joint Hamas-Egypt security coordination committee and vehemently denied any Palestinian involvement in the attack.
Some in Egypt's fringes have called for heightened enforcement in the Rafah crossing and for action to be taken against Gaza, if need arises. Hamas in response raised alert at Gaza's borders and stopped the tunnels' activity.
Meanwhile, Haniyeh joined the Muslim Brotherhood in accusing Israel of orchestrating the attack. "The attack's method confirms some sort of Israeli involvement aiming to achieve political and security goals, cause tension on the border with Egypt and destroy joint efforts to end the Gaza blockade," he said.
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