Hamas rejected on Friday claims made by Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories that it was helping Islamic State-linked militants in Sinai.
“Security services in Gaza control the borders and prevent any movement into and from Gaza through the borders. Such a silly Israeli incitement will not fool anyone,” spokesman Sami Abi Zuhri told Reuters.
Egyptian security and military sources said there was evidence that Palestinians, including some individuals from Hamas, had participated in the Sinai battles this week, but said there was no wider organizational link.
“If we had confirmed information that Hamas as an organization participated in the attack, our response would have been very different”, one of them told Reuters.