Report: Hamas delegation in Cairo warned of protests

June 17, 2013 10:44

Hamas's chief in exile Khaled Mashaal and leader of Hamas in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh and a delegation of 24 Hamas officials were in Cairo on Monday and were warned by Egyptian security that there were protests planned against them, Palestinian News Agency Ma'an reported, citing sources. 

According to the report, protesters asked Egyptian security to "send Hamas leaders out of Egypt" for the Islamist movement's "intervention in internal Egyptian affairs." The report cited former Egyptian Interior Minister Muhamad Wagdy who recently said that Hamas took part in prison riots during Egypt's revolution, remarks that led to widespread criticism against the movement.  Egyptian security asked the Hamas delegation to change the hotel that it was staying in, in light of the intelligence it had about the protests, Ma'an reported. The sources told Ma'an that the change in hotel was necessary because Egyptian security did not "have the situation under control."   

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