Gaza Palestinians protest Egypt’s Hamas ban

Palestinians Hamas supporters take part in a protest in front of the Egyptian embassy in Gaza March 7, 2014, against a recent rule by Egyptian court which banned all the activities of Hamas movement in Egypt.

Palestinian protesters raised banners and placards on Friday in the Gaza Strip condemning neighboring Egypt’s ban on activities of the Hamas Islamist group.

Senior Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya said Tuesday’s decision by a Cairo court to ban Hamas’ work and activity in the country was an attempt to “criminalize resistance” to Israel and would not deter it from its fight against the Jewish state.

“The rifle Hamas is holding to protect our people and our land will never drop,” Hayya said as hundreds protested outside a former Egyptian representative office in Gaza City.

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which authorities in Cairo have declared a terrorist group and which they have repressed since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in July.