‘Cairo to strip thousands of Palestinians of citizenship’: report

Egyptians wave Palestinian flags during Friday prayers at an anti-Israel rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, May 13, 2011

Two days after a Cairo court banned Hamas’s activities in Egypt, the country’s security establishment intends to revoke the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians obtained during the one-year term of deposed Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi, an Egyptian daily reported on Thursday.

Security sources told Al-Youm A-Sabi’ that their agencies are seeking information on 13,757 Palestinians who received Egyptian citizenship from the Muslim Brotherhood government before its July 2013 ouster in a military-backed revolution. The sources said that most of the Palestinians in question are affiliated with Hamas.

Mainstream Egyptian media remains staunchly opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was branded a terrorist organization by the country’s new government in December. Deposed president Mohammed Morsi now faces charges of colluding with Hamas in Gaza to destabilize Egyptian national security.

The veracity of Al-Youm A-Sabi’s claims could not be independently confirmed…

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