Egypt has warned Palestinians against trying to break through its resealed Gaza Strip border to defy an Israeli-led blockade. "Whoever breaks the border line will have his foot broken," Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in comments carried by the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) on Thursday.
The Egyptian minister said Egyptian attempts were continuing with Israel and the European Union to re-open the Rafah border crossing "in a legal way", and slammed Hamas for recent fighting with Israel that it called "cartoonish and comical".
According to Reuters, Aboul Gheit said Hamas rockets that were "lost in the sands of Israel" were simply giving the Jewish state a chance to strike at Gaza Strip, killing Palestinians. Aboul Gheit also said that Cairo will never recognize the regime of Hamas on the Gaza Strip. Hamas wants a say in running the Rafah crossing, but Aboul Gheit stressed this "will never happen."