First Published: 2013-07-26

 

Hamas slams Egypt army over Morsi detention

 

Cairo court orders ousted president be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with Palestinian militant group.

 

Middle East Online

GAZA CITY - The Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip slammed Egypt on Friday after a Cairo court ordered ousted president Mohamed Morsi be detained for questioning over suspected collaboration with the Palestinian militant group.

"Hamas condemns this move since it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

"This is a dangerous development, which confirms that the current powers in Egypt are giving up on national causes and even using these issues to deal with other parties -- first among them the Palestinian cause."

Morsi will be quizzed on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, in which the Islamist and other political inmates escaped during the revolt against strongman Hosni Mubarak, according to a Friday report in the Egyptian official MENA news agency.

The alleged crimes are being investigated by a Cairo court that was tasked to determine how inmates broke out of a prison late January 2011, after accusations Morsi's Islamist group sought the help of the Hamas rulers of Gaza.

"We call on the Arab League to uphold its responsibilities in the wake of these dangerous developments, and also call on the Arab people to express their position in the face of this dangerous incitement against the Palestinian resistance and people," Abu Zuhri added.

 

Austria adopts 'Islam of European character'

Netanyahu speech to test resilience of US-Israeli ties

IS executioner identity revealed

HRW: Kurds preventing return of Arabs to disputed Iraq areas

FIFA cites 'problems' in worker conditions for Qatar World Cup

Rouhani adviser blames ‘extremists’ for rights violations

US-led coalition raids IS targets in northeastern Syria

3 sentenced to death over Bahrain police killings

Hollande condemns French MPs for meeting Assad

One dead in series of Cairo bombings

UN Security Council calls for stepping up Yemen talks

Kerry: US, Iran have 'mutual interest' in defeating IS

Australian FM warns women against 'romantic adventure' with IS

Lebanese synagogue gets second life

Tuareg chief issues plea for Mali unity

UN: Saleh amassed between $32-60 billion

Libyan FM warns country could be next Syria

Iran rejects US claims of role in Yemen crisis

French planes on Gulf-based carrier make first strikes

Top US official warns against Netanyahu speech to congress

Four French MPs meet Assad in Syria

Mosque torched near Bethlehem

Egypt TV host faces trial for false bathhouse accusations

Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal

Obama nominates first US ambassador to Somalia since 1991

Obama praises Qatar as 'strong partner' in fighting IS

Saudi goes hi-tech against IS threat

Sisi grants Egypt authorities sweeping anti-terror powers

Algeria police prevent anti-shale gas protest

Turkey revives Istanbul canal plan

Egypt to host Arab League summit end of March

Madrid breaks up online network recruiting young women for IS

Jordan delivers military equipment to Lebanon

Britain 'too late' to inform Turkey on missing girls

Palestinians ordered to pay over $218 million over Jerusalem attacks

French president vows tougher penalties for hate speech

More Egyptians fleeing Libya

Russia voices confidence of Iran nuclear deal

Qatar emir in US amid accusations of backing Islamist groups

Kerry, Zarif hold talks again on Iran nuclear programme

Libya parliament suspends participation in UN talks

1,000 Egyptians evacuated from Libya

Egypt jails 2011 pro-democracy activist for 5 years

Russia offers Iran missiles despite sanctions

Egypt embassy in Sanaa shut over 'bad' security