January 31, 2015 / 3:47 PM / in 3 years

Source close to Hamas says no longer accepts Egypt as Israel mediator

GAZA (Reuters) - A source close to Hamas’ armed wing signaled on Saturday the group would no longer accept Cairo as a broker between it and Israel, after an Egyptian court banned the Islamist group’s armed wing and listed it as a terrorist organization.

“After the court’s decision Egypt is no longer a mediator in Palestinian-Israeli matters,” the source told Reuters. Cairo has played a key role in brokering ceasefires between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip numerous times.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Louise Ireland

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