Gaza gov't urges Egypt to reconsider Hamas ban

On Tuesday, a Cairo court outlawed the Palestinian group's activities in Egypt and ordered its offices closed.

Gaza gov't urges Egypt to reconsider Hamas ban

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Gaza government on Wednesday urged Egyptian authorities to reconsider a Tuesday court ruling banning the activities of Palestinian resistance faction Hamas in Egypt and seizing the group's Egypt offices.

In a statement, the Gaza government voiced its "deep concern" over the ruling, calling on the Egyptian authorities to revisit the decision, which, it asserted, served to "target all Palestinians."

On Tuesday, a Cairo court outlawed the Palestinian group's activities in Egypt and ordered its offices closed.

The original court case had been to decide whether to designate Hamas as a "terrorist" group over its links with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian authorities labeled a "terrorist" group last December.

The ruling is "entirely political," the Gaza government said, dismissing repeated accusations by Egypt's interim authorities that Hamas was interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs.

In its Tuesday ruling, the court said the ban on Hamas activities in Egypt was only temporary until another court – which is currently trying ousted president Mohamed Morsi for allegedly "conspiring" with Hamas – can deliver a final verdict.

A number of Hamas members are defendants in two trials that Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, now faces for alleged espionage and jailbreak.

Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Egypt's Brotherhood, has consistently denied the Egyptian interim government's accusations.

Last Mod: 05 Mart 2014, 15:21
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