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Al-Ghannouchi calls Egyptian court ruling against Hamas 'oppressive'

Head of the Tunisian Islamic party Ennahda Sheikh Rashid Al-Ghannouchi strongly criticised on Tuesday an Egyptian court's decision to designate the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas a "terrorist organisation".

Commenting on the court ruling, Al-Ghannouchi told Quds Press news agency that: "It is an oppressive decision issued by an oppressive regime."

Earlier on Tuesday, the Egyptian Court for Urgent Matters in Cairo designated Hamas a "terrorist organisation" based on claims that it is linked to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which the interim Egyptian government designated a "terrorist organisation" in December of last year, and that the Palestinian movement took part in recent security disturbances in Egypt.

The court banned the movement and imposed an embargo on all its properties in Egypt.

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