Posted by: infideltaskforce | March 4, 2014

Egypt court bans Palestinian Hamas group

Egypt court bans Palestinian Hamas group

Cairo (AFP) – A Cairo court banned Tuesday the Palestinian Hamas movement from operating in Egypt, tightening the noose around the militant rulers of the blockaded Gaza Strip amid a crackdown on Islamists.

The emergency court’s decision to also seize Hamas’s assets, ahead of a final ruling, was in response to a private citizen’s petition to designate it as a terrorist group.

Egypt has accused Hamas of colluding in attacks on its territory in the past few years, and aiding the Muslim Brotherhood movement of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt never recognised Hamas’s rule in Gaza after it forcibly ousted the more moderate Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas from Gaza in 2007.

But it hosted Hamas’s deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuk following Mubarak’s overthrow in February 2011, and eased passage through its Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

Morsi, elected in June 2012, was seen as further bolstering the militant group’s power in Gaza by mediating a 2012 truce ending week-long fighting with Israel and that lifted some of the blockade restrictions on Gaza.

Since ousting him, the military has destroyed hundreds of smuggling tunnels under its border with the coastal enclave, alleging they were used to smuggle weapons and militants who have taken part in attacks on Egyptian security forces.

Egypt is believed to have also cut off most of its contacts with Hamas, although Abu Marzuk remains in Cairo.

An aide to Abu Marzuk said Hamas had no properties that could be seized in Egypt and Abu Marzuk privately rents his villa in a Cairo suburb.

Source:
http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-court-bans-palestinian-hamas-group-103148696.html

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