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Egypt state news agency reports court overturns decision naming Hamas a terrorist organization

FILE - In this Monday, March 23, 2015, file photo, Palestinian masked militants of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, take part in a parade to mark the 11th anniversary of the Israeli assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip. Egypt's state news agency is reporting a court has overturned a decision naming Hamas a terrorist organization. The MENA news agency reported Saturday that the Urgent Matters Appeals Court made the decision. They cited a lack of jurisdiction for overturning the early court's ruling. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

FILE - In this Monday, March 23, 2015, file photo, Palestinian masked militants of Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, take part in a parade to mark the 11th anniversary of the Israeli assassination of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip. Egypt's state news agency is reporting a court has overturned a decision naming Hamas a terrorist organization. The MENA news agency reported Saturday that the Urgent Matters Appeals Court made the decision. They cited a lack of jurisdiction for overturning the early court's ruling. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's state news agency is reporting a court has overturned a decision naming Hamas a terrorist organization.

The MENA news agency reported Saturday that the Urgent Matters Appeals Court made the decision. They cited a lack of jurisdiction for overturning the early court's ruling.

There was no immediate government reaction.

Egypt initially declared the group a terrorist organization in February. That ruling further isolated Hamas, which once found open support under Egypt's toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Egypt's new government recently has begun clearing a buffer zone along its border with Gaza Strip in an attempt to destroy a cross-border network of tunnels that Hamas considers a lifeline.

There was no immediate reaction from Hamas.