Hamas’ Haniyeh: Egypt will protect Gaza

(JTA) — The head of Hamas in Gaza said Egypt’s new president would shield Gaza from attacks by Israel and would lift the blockade.

Ismail Haniyeh told worshipers in a mosque Friday that he is confident Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi "will never provide cover for any new aggression or war on Gaza," Reuters reported. "We are confident that Egypt, the revolution led by Morsi, will not take any part in blocking Gaza."

Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist party.

Israel maintains a blockade on Gaza in an effort to keep weapons out of the strip.

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