Egypt lawyer seeks arrest of Hamas delegation leaders

"All members of Hamas in Cairo must be arrested upon arrival on Egyptian territories," lawyer Samir Sabri said.

Egypt lawyer seeks arrest of Hamas delegation leaders

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian lawyer filed a request before the prosecutor-general on Tuesday to arrest a delegation from Palestinian resistance faction Hamas upon their arrival in Cairo for talks aimed at striking a durable ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip.

"A number of Hamas officials have entered Egypt despite a court order banning Hamas' activities and confiscating its offices in the country," lawyer Samir Sabri told Anadolu Agency.

In March, an Egyptian court "temporarily" banned the activities of Hamas – an ideological offshoot of Egypt's embattled Muslim Brotherhood group – in the country and confiscated its offices.

Egypt accuses Hamas of being behind a series of deadly attacks on security forces since last year's military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader.

"All members of Hamas in Cairo must be arrested upon arrival on Egyptian territories," Sabri said.

Earlier on Tuesday, two delegations representing Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements arrived in Egypt to attend talks aimed at striking a durable ceasefire with Israel.

Israel said earlier that it would send a delegation to Egypt within hours for indirect talks on a durable ceasefire deal in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian factions and Israel have endorsed an Egyptian proposal for a three-day ceasefire in the Gaza Strip starting Tuesday, which has gone into effect at 5am GMT.

Israel has since completely withdrawn its forces from the besieged Palestinian enclave.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 1867 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed and 9470 wounded in unrelenting Israeli attacks since July 7.

The Israeli army, for its part, has confirmed the killing of 64 troops and the injury of 651 others in Gaza combat operations, while three civilians were killed in rocket attacks on Israeli cities.

Egypt has unleashed a deadly crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters since Morsi's ouster. Last December, the government designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist organization."

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