Zionsit-puppet Egyptian regime labels Palestine’s Hamas as terrorist group
A court in Egypt has labeled the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas a “terrorist” organization, judicial sources say.
The verdict was issued on Saturday by the Cairo Court of Urgent Matters, in a move that could further sour the relations between the Egyptian government and the Palestinian group.
The ruling came weeks after the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, was also labeled a “terrorist” organization. The Cairo Court of Urgent Matters on January 31 claimed in a lawsuit that the group was involved in recent attacks against Egypt’s security forces.
Hamas’ spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, at the time rejected “the Egyptian court’s decision against Qassam Brigades,” adding, “It is a political, dangerous decision that serves only the Zionist occupation.”
A source close to Hamas’ armed wing also said the resistance movement would no longer accept Egypt as a broker between Palestinians and the Israeli regime, saying, “After the court’s decision, Egypt is no longer a mediator in Palestinian-Israeli matters.”
Following the ouster of Egypt’s former president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013, relations between the Egyptian government and Hamas, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip, have strained.
Egypt has stepped up the destruction of cross-border tunnels into Gaza since then. More than 1,600 tunnels have been demolished since the military-backed government came to power in Cairo last year.
In early January, Egyptian army sources said the military had begun operations to increase the size of the existing 500-meter buffer zone along the border with Gaza to a full kilometer.
The Cairo authorities decided to create the buffer zone after the deadly attacks in the restive Sinai Peninsula that targeted more than 30 Egyptian soldiers in October 2014.
The underground routes are the only lifeline for the people of Gaza living under the Israeli blockade. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as foodstuff, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock into the impoverished Palestinian territory.