Egypt Overturns Decision Listing Hamas as a Terrorist Organization

Egypt Overturns Decision Listing Hamas as a Terrorist Organization

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (Reuters)
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (Reuters)

An Egyptian court accepted on Saturday the appeal into an earlier court ruling declaring the Palestinian group Hamas as a “terrorist” organisation, overturning a former court decision.

A court of urgent matters had ruled that the group was a “terrorist” organisation on February 28.

In the details of its ruling, the lower court accused Hamas of targeting civilians, policemen and military men inside Egypt in attacks it carried out in support of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The February court decision was appealed by the State Litigation Authority, which represents the Egyptian government. Hamas welcomed the appeal.

Egypt has banned the activities of Hamas, which governs the Palestinian Gaza Strip, as per a court ruling issued in March 2014 and ordered the closure of all its offices nationwide.

Militants have escalated attacks targeting security forces in Egypt, particularly in the Sinai Peninsula, since July 2013.

Egyptian authorities have been accusing Hamas, a strong ally of Mursi’s regime, of supporting these militant attacks. Hamas has repeatedly denied the accusations.

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