AMMAN, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Islamic Action Front (IAF) on Sunday criticized Egypt for constructing a steel wall along its borders with Gaza Strip and accused it of "collaborating" with Israel and the United States in imposing the siege on Gaza.
"The Egyptian authorities are ...increasing the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza by building the steel wall and closing the border crossings with Gaza," Hamzah Mansour, a member of the Shura Council of the IAF, told Xinhua Sunday.
Egypt is currently constructing about 10 to 11 kilometers of steel wall, with over 15 meters depth, along its borders with Gaza Strip, to stop smuggling through tunnels. Egyptian officials have repeatedly emphasized that the wall is to defend Egypt "against threats to national security."
In a statement posted on its website, the IAF, the political wing of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, issued a fatwa (religious edict) in which it prohibited the construction of the wall.
"The wall has harmful impact on the lives of Palestinians," the IAF said in the statement.
It also called on Muslims across the world to stand up to the creation of the wall.
Following the Israeli offensive on Gaza late 2008, the coastal enclave was under siege by the Israeli authorities, which ban the entrance of construction material and other materials to Gaza.