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Gaza Hamas supporters protest against Egypt ban
Published Saturday 08/03/2014 (updated) 08/03/2014 18:06
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Palestinian children lie in the sand with their hands clasped next
to their national flags during a rally against the siege on the
impoverished Gaza Strip in the coastal town of Rafah on March 7,
2014 (AFP Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in the Gaza Strip on Friday to protest against a Cairo court decision banning the Palestinian Islamist movement from operating in Egypt.

Waving Egyptian flags and Hamas banners, the demonstrators gathered after Friday prayers and then marched to the former Egyptian embassy which has been closed since 2007.

The marchers held aloft placards called on Egypt to revoke Tuesday's decision, including to seize Hamas' assets, chanting "resistance, our way is resistance!"

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.

Hamas slammed the ruling as playing into the hands of its arch-enemy Israel, calling it "shocking" and warning it could "open the door to new (Israeli) aggression and war against Gaza."

Egypt never recognized Hamas's rule in Gaza after it forcibly ousted the more moderate Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas from Gaza in 2007.

But it hosted Hamas' 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.
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1 ) Rabiah / Gaza, Ps
08/03/2014 13:52
So heartening to see our young people engaging in the struggle for justice, freedom & truth. These children are our future, the future of Gaza, Palestine, the world. We all have to speak out as one voice against the lies & accusations aimed at Hamas, who have done so much to advance the Palestinian cause. The recent decision by our brothers in Egypt against Hamas was disappointing, but we know there are political forces outside Egypt who spread enmity for their own gain. May Allah protect us.

2 ) Go / Away
08/03/2014 14:54
No one like palestinian terrorists, no one wants to have any business with them - even Egypt. Humans must understand that.

3 ) Outlier / USA
08/03/2014 17:43
Perhaps Hamas and its supporters should consider their own strict Islamic law - which demands the removal of a hand for stealing - before attempting to same with a neighbor.

4 ) Mel / USA
08/03/2014 22:02
Gazans know Egypt's new USG-client regime is scared of loosing US/Saudi funding.Arab democracy/justice comes 2nd to that!Colonial money fills the pockets of Egypt's elite,just as kick-backs from Israel's siege on Gaza feeds the nouveau riche!But,Hamas didn't pull a coup.They were ELECTED bcoz PA/Fatah obeyed Israel's orders(like Cairo).
"Resistance is our way."And resistance is a human right.
But,Cairo chooses to comply with foreign interests! What a faceless shame,
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