An Egyptian Court declared the Palestinian group Hamas a terrorist organization on Saturday, according to a report from state media.
The ruling blamed Hamas — which has been at odds with the Egyptian government since the 2013 ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist with the Muslim Brotherhood party — for targeted violence inside the country, according to the Associated Press.
"It has been proven without any doubt that the movement has committed acts of sabotage, assassinations, and the killing of innocent civilians and members of the armed forces and police in Egypt," the court wrote in comments carried by state media and translated by the AP.
The court ruling also reportedly held that Hamas had been colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been banned in Egypt since Morsi's overthrow by the army in June 2013.
In a post on its official website, Hamas called the decision "shocking and dangerous,” according to CNN.
Hamas can appeal the ruling but it would be heard in the same Egyptian court, according to a report by state media.
The United States and the European Union have both declared Hamas a terrorist organization.
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