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Hamas commander back to Gaza

Hamas commander back to Gaza

Al Qassam website - A senior Hamas commander returned to the Gaza Strip on Saturday after breaking out of a Cairo jail during the political upheaval in Egypt, sources in the Palestinian Islamist movement said.

They said Ayman Nofal had been arrested in the Egyptian Sinai in early 2008 inside Egypt.

Five other Palestinian citizens who had been held at Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo made their way back to Gaza this week.

A number of prominent prisoners have escaped from Egyptian jails over the last week as law and order collapsed when mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began and police were temporarily withdrawn from the streets.

Also on Sunday, three Palestinian security prisoners reportedly escaped back to the Gaza Strip. Officials in Gaza said the three had fled during the upheaval and returned to the coastal territory.