An Egyptian armored vehicle patrols on the Egyptian side of the border as bulldozers work on the Gaza side to create a buffer zone, in Rafah, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Hamas has begun work on a buffer zone along Gaza's border with Egypt, the movement said Wednesday, as part of an effort to assure Cairo that it's serious about preventing the cross-border flow of weapons and militants.Egypt has long accused Hamas of fueling unrest in north Sinai, where its army has been battling increasing Islamist insurgency since the toppling of former Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, a Hamas patron, after a year in office in 2013 .Both Egypt and Israel imposed a blockade on Gaza after Hamas ousted forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007 in bloody street battles. Hamas relied on the tunnels to circumvent the blockade before Egypt created its own buffer zone in 2014 .Egypt ostensibly has offered Hamas an easing of the blockade.
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