CAIRO: A lawsuit demanding the designation of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades as a terrorist organization was postponed Saturday to Jan. 31, Youm7 reported.
The plaintiff claims that Hamas, banned in Egypt per a March 2014 court order, and its military arms Qassam Brigades are implicated in terrorist operations in Egypt.
The Qassam Brigades allegedly use tunnels between Gaza and Egypt’s Sinai to access the country illegally, fund terrorism, smuggle weapons to kill military and police personnel, and ultimately aim to destabilize Egypt, according to the charges filed.
The relations of Egypt and Hamas, an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, have been significantly strained since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Egypt’s relations with regional supporters of the Islamist group, such as Turkey and Qatar, have also deteriorated.
In December, a European Union court ordered Hamas removed from an EU terrorist list on procedural grounds.