World Bulletin/News Desk
The Palestinian faction Hamas on Sunday lashed out at fresh charges by Egypt's prosecution that it was implicated in breaking Egyptian jails during the 2011 revolution.
It called in a statement on Egyptian authorities to refrain from using Palestinian factions as a "scapegoat" in their attempt to evade responsibility for Egypt's internal problems.
Hamas' comments come only hours after Egypt's prosecution renewed its accusation that Hamas had taken part in attacks on the nation's jails in 2011.
The accusation was made during a trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 130 other defendants.
They are all accused of breaking jails, attacking policemen and helping inmates get out of their jail cells during the 2011 uprising.
Accused with Hamas are also the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails, and the Lebanese movement Hezbollah.
The prosecution quoted a Homeland Security officer – who had been killed by unidentified people in 2013 – as accusing the Brotherhood of coordinating with Hamas and Hezbollah in attacking 160 police stations, seizing the arms in them and helping their imprisoned members to escape with the aim of ushering in chaos across Egypt.
It added that the Brotherhood had formed an operations room that was controlled by foreign elements from Hamas and Hezbollah with the aim of harming Egypt's national interests.
The prosecution did not, however, elaborate on how the jails were broken or how the inmates were assisted to escape.
Morsi also faces a wide range of other charges, including espionage for Hamas and Qatar and inciting the killing of demonstrators in late 2012 when he was in office.
Relations between Egypt and Hamas have deteriorated since Morsi's 2013 ouster by the Egyptian military.
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