Egypt slams Iran's Hamas, Hezbollah connection
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Egypt's foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, fired a verbal broadside against Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah, on Wednesday, saying the three "worked together in the fighting over Gaza to provoke conflict in the Middle East," reports Reuters.
"[They tried] to turn the region to confrontation in the interest of Iran, which is trying to use its cards to escape Western pressure ... on the nuclear file," Mr. Gheit said in an interview with Orbit satellite channel on Wednesday.
This comes one day after Iran summoned the head of Egypt's interest section in Iran to protest the Egyptian government's refusal to allow Iranian aid to pass through Egypt to Gaza.
But aid isn't the only thing Iran is attempting to send to Gaza, according to numerous reports. "An Iranian freighter carrying weaponry for Hamas has been blocked by Egypt from entering the Suez Canal, amid concerns that Tehran is trying to supply the Palestinian militant group with missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv," reports The Australian.
"This is a big test for the Egyptians," a senior defense official said. "So far the Egyptians have prevented the ship from crossing the Suez and we hope it will stay that way."