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TEL AVIV – Hamas is growing increasingly concerned about the prospects of its future rule in the Gaza Strip following the ouster in July of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Tamarod movement that organized the anti-Morsi protests in Egypt has now called for the removal of Hamas from power. Tamarod has announced a mass demonstration slated for Nov. 11 to attempt to bring down Hamas, the declared Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Nov. 11 marks the anniversary of the death of Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat.
Hamas has claimed the rival Fatah party is behind Tamarod’s Gaza Strip activism. In response, Hamas has been holding a series of military parades in Gaza in an attempted show of strength.
At least one of the parades was held in close proximity to the Egyptian border.
According to Middle Eastern security sources speaking to WND, an ongoing Egyptian military operation against the smuggling tunnels along the Egypt-Gaza border has helped precipitate a financial crisis in Gaza with widespread reports of a lack of elementary products.
Hamas is taking the blame for the economic downturn.
Feeling the heat, Hamas has sought to open a new front against Israel by launching a series of attacks from the Fatah-controlled Gaza Strip, the security sources said.
Earlier this month, Israel Defense Forces solider Sgt. Gal Gabriel Kobi, 20, was killed by a Palestinian sniper outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Unverified reports claimed Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to the informed security sources, Hamas funded the Hebron attack and directed the shooting using members of Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigades who were working for Hamas. The information underscores the issue of Hamas infiltration of the Fatah militias.