On Friday, Hamas accused Egypt of planning to bar a number of the hamas leaders from crossing into Egypt on their way to the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Fawzi Barhum, a spokesman for Gaza’s Hamas rulers said, “A senior Egyptian official informed a Hamas official in Gaza about a list of Hamas leaders who are to be banned from travelling, including Salah Bardawil, Sami Abu Zuhri and myself, without explaining why”.
Fawzi Barhum said the decision was politically incited and “unjustified.”
People of Gaza desiring to take part in next month’s hajj pilgrimage have to cross through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt before travelling on to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
But Egyptian security sources declared the news that any such ban was in place untrue, saying that Hamas leaders had yet to request permits to travel via Egypt, in spite of an official request for a list of names.