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Gaza Security Official: Unprecedented Stability Along Border with Egypt

Gaza Security Official: Unprecedented Stability Along Border with Egypt

Thursday, 12 December, 2019 - 06:45
Palestinian Hamas-hired policemen stand at Rafah border crossing with Egypt, in the southern Gaza Strip January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

The commander of Hamas’ National Security Forces in the Gaza Strip, Brigadier General Jihad Muheisen, said that the security situation on the southern borders with Egypt was witnessing unprecedented stability.

In statements published by the website of the Interior Ministry in Gaza, Muheisen noted that field monitoring and control imposed by the national security forces in addition to reinforcements at security checkpoints have resolved security gaps along the border.

Last month, Asharq Al-Awsat published a report on reinforcement measures implemented by Hamas on the borders with Egypt to better secure the region.

The area has been witnessing sporadic infiltration attempts by militants from Gaza to Sinai and vice versa.

Sources said that the movement has mobilized additional security forces to thwart infiltration.

Hamas relies on security surveillance through security patrols and cameras installed along the border.

Muheisen revealed that the movement’s National Security Forces had thwarted 13 attempts of infiltration across the southern border with Egypt in recent months. He said that those were referred to the competent authorities, to take the necessary legal measures against them.

There is an additional action plan to boost border control, by increasing security points and intensifying patrols and ambushes to prevent infiltration and smuggling, he underlined.

Muheisen added: “We are seeking, during the next stage, to expand the lighting project for the southern borders of the Gaza Strip, over a distance of 14 kilometers, in coordination with the competent authorities.”

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