While Hamas' armed wing was previously branded a terrorist organization, Saturday's Egyptian court ruling was against the entire group on the basis of incriminating evidence of collaboration for terror between the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers and Al Qaeda-linked Sinai terrorists. Hamas condemned the verdict as “shocking and dangerous.” Recordings were presented to the court of Hamas leaders congratulating each other on the success of attacks they and Al Qaeda had conducted against the Egyptian army in northern Sinai
This Cairo court verdict ties in with President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi’s planned offensive against Islamist terrorists gathering within and around Egypt’s borders – in Libya and Gaza alike. He is considering air strikes for the Gaza Strip. Read the DEBKAfile report from earlier today.