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Egypt bans Hamas activities

An Egyptian court has decided to ban all activities of Palestinian Hamas movement and confiscate its headquarters in Cairo, the media reported on Tuesday.

A lawsuit was filed against the movement to ban its activities and designate it as a terrorist group, after the removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Reports say Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and is well known for its support to the group, from which Morsi hails.

The media said more than 60 members of the group were facing trial on jailbreak charges in 2011, along with Morsi and top leaders of Brotherhood.

According to the reports, they are accused of facilitating the storming of three prisons.

In the process, they killed policemen and helped hundreds, including terrorists, to flee during the early days of the 2011 revolt which ousted Hosni Mubarak.

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