Egypt military investigating Hamas in new case

Palestinian Hamas security forces march during their graduation ceremony in Gaza City on March 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS

CAIRO: An Egyptian security official says the military is investigating whether the Palestinian group Hamas is linked to a batch of confiscated fabric that could have been used to make counterfeit uniforms.

The Tuesday announcement is the latest sign of tension between the Egyptian military and Hamas as well as its parent group, the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hails.

The military warned that unnamed parties might impersonate Egyptian troops after the fabric, used for police and army uniforms, was seized near a smuggling tunnel running from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The official spoke anonymously as he wasn't authorized to speak to the press.

Egypt's military is also investigating a Hamas link to the August killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers. Hamas denies any connection.

The Daily Star - Lebanon