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Egypt refuses to renew residence for Hamas leader
Egypt refuses to renew residence for Hamas leader
Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq
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World Bulletin

Egyptian authorities have refused to renew the residence permits for the entourage of senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq, a source close to the Palestinian leader said on Sunday.

The source, who requested anonymity for the sensitivity of the issue, said the escorts have not yet left Egypt.

He added that Abu Marzouq's residence permit is due to expire next month.

The deputy head of Hamas, which rules the Palestinian Gaza Strip, moved to Cairo from Damascus after the popular uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He lives in a four-level villa on the outskirts of Cairo, only a short walk from the flat where ousted president Mohamed Morsi used to live.

Hamas obtained a license to build the villa from Egypt's army council, which ruled the country following the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, according to the source.

On February 8, Egypt denied Abu Marzouq's son, who was flying from Doha, entry and deported him on the same plane.

An Egyptian court has recently banned the activities of Hamas in Egypt and ordered the confiscation of its offices.

Hamas is an ideological offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails.

The army-backed interim authorities in Egypt listed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist movement in mid-December last year.