An Egyptian court today (January 31, 2015) banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization, according to the Big News Network website.
Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood which Egyptian authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Morsi, from the presidency in 2013.
Today's ruling came days after the country faced some of the bloodiest attacks on security forces in years. During Morsi's one-year presidency, militants in Sinai kidnapped seven soldiers and killed 16 others.
"The court ruled to ban the Qassam Brigades and to list it as a terrorist group," said Judge Mohamed al-Sayid of the special Cairo court which deals with urgent cases.