En domstol i Egypt har stemplet den væpnede grenen av Hamas som en terrororganisasjon.
Samtidig holdt president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi en tale der han sier at Egypt må forberede seg på en lang kamp mot terror, en kamp som vil koste mye blod og vil vare i mange år. – Men vi kommer aldri til å gi oss, lovte Sisi.
Egypt ser Hamas som en del av uroen i Sinai. Denne uken ble nærmere 30 politifolk drept. Et lignende antall ble drept i oktober. Slik vil ikke Egypt ha det. Med president Sisi har de fått en leder som har handlekraft.
«The court decided to ban the al-Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group, deeming all those belonging to it as terrorists,» said a judiciary official of Cairo Urgent Matters Court.
The court ruling came two days after a series of bloody attacks occurred in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula and killed at least 33 soldiers and policemen.
According to the official, al-Qassam Brigades was accused of carrying out terrorist attacks and killing over 30 people in late October 2014. The group was also blamed for supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi hailed.
The lawyer who filed the lawsuit against Hamas accused its armed wing of taking part in many acts of aggression against the Egyptian Armed Forces and the police.
«Al-Qassam Brigades and the mother organization Hamas continued financing and joining terrorist operations on the Egyptian soil using the secret tunnels at the borders with the Gaza Strip for smuggling weapons,» the claimant said, accusing Hamas of attempting to jeopardize Egypt’s security and stability.
In response, Hamas denounced the ruling as «politicized, dangerous and unprecedented,» arguing the decision only serves the Israeli occupation.
«Hamas, which is a liberation movement that only fights the Israeli occupation, completely rejects the court’s decision and rejects pushing its name into the internal Egyptian affair,» Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Xinhua in an emailed statement, adding that «the Egyptian court has to preview its decision immediately.»
Commenting on Sinai attacks, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that «Egypt is facing the strongest secret organization in the world,» referring to the Brotherhood and accusing the group of involving in the deadly attacks, which were claimed by the Sinai-based al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group.
«We will not leave Sinai for anyone. Sinai would either be for Egyptians or we would rather die,» Sisi stressed, urging the judiciary to make fast moves in accordance with Egypt’s war against terrorism and the media to elevate the people’s spirit.
Sisi’s remarks came after his meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces over Sinai attacks, where he made a presidential decree to form a unified military leadership for the region of eastern the Suez Canal for fighting terrorism.
Anti-security attacks mounted in Sinai and other parts across the country since Morsi’s ouster and the following crackdown on his supporters that left about 1.000 killed and thousands more arrested.