Hamas urges Egypt to take Qassam Brigades off terror list

Senior leader of Hamas urges Egypt to take its military arm, the Qassam brigades, off terror list

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Talib Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has urged the Egyptian judiciary to cancel the ban on the military wing of the movement, "the Qassam Brigades."

Egypt took Hamas’ political wing off its terrorism list on June 6.

Abu Marzouk praised the Egyptian court's decision to lift the ban from Hamas, and said that the decision will open a new page in relations between the two sides and allow Egypt to renew its role in the Palestinian cause.

"We demand the abolition of the resolution on Egypt to ban al-Qassam Brigades," he added.

The Egyptian high court ruled last January for the prohibition of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, and listed the organisation as a terrorist group. The same court lifted the ban on Hamas last Saturday.

Abu Marzouk called on Egypt to resume its efforts in the field of mediating Palestinian-Israeli reconciliation, in addition to its role in the maintenance of the ceasefire between the Palestinian factions and Israel.

"[There is] no doubt that Egypt at this stage, and in all stages, has a part to play," Abu Marzouk told Anadolu Agency.

Egypt helped bring about the August ceasefire last year that ended the war that lasted 51 days between Hamas in Gaza and Israel. The war resulted in deaths of more than two thousand Palestinians, wounding about ten thousand others, and displacing nearly one hundred thousand people.

TRTWorld and agencies