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Muslim Brotherhood will not be part of the blockade of Gaza and will not prevent resistance

A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Mahmoud Ghozlan, has denied any intention to tighten the siege on the Gaza Strip. He made his statement in the context of discussions about the tunnels linking Gaza with Egypt, adding that the Brotherhood will neither be part of the blockade of Gaza nor a tool to strike against legitimate Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation.

In an exclusive statement to Quds Press, Ghozlan explained that Egypt is working on replacing the tunnels with a full opening of the Rafah crossing, saying: "We want to allow everything that is needed to get through."


The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, and Gaza's Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, are visiting Cairo to discuss all the outstanding issues with the Egyptian government. "Solutions across all portfolios are possible," said Mr Ghozlan.

When asked if the "war" against the tunnels is part of the war against the resistance, Ghozlan said: "Never, we have nothing to do with this; the right to resist is guaranteed by international law, and every nation whose land has been occupied has the right to resist." The people of Egypt will not hinder the Palestinians in this respect, he insisted.

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