The Palestinian Islamist group that rules neighboring Gaza is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which the military has declared a terrorist group since it ousted Brotherhood leader and then-president Mohamed Morsi in 2011.
“The court has ordered the banning of Hamas work and activities in Egypt,” the judge, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters. The courthamas-idUSBREA230F520140304” target=”_blank”>also ordered the closure of Hamas offices in the country.
Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, condemned the court ruling.
According to BBC, Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy told a news conference he was not aware of the ruling, but added: “Whoever threatens Egypt’s security should understand that there will be consequences.”