Egypt's Mursi salutes Palestian ‘resistance’ in Gaza
The Islamist leaderm overthrown last July showed support in a message posted on his official Facebook page late Sunday
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has praised the Palestinian "resistance" over the 21-day conflict with Israel in Gaza that has killed more than 1,030 people, mostly Palestinian civilians.
The Islamist leader, overthrown last July by Egypt's then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is on trial on charges for which he faces the death penalty.
Under Mursi's rule, Egypt brokered a truce in 2012 between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, after they fought a similar deadly war. Hamas is an offshoot of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood group.
"Our compass is set on supporting Palestine against the usurping occupier and we are with any resistance against any occupier," Mursi said in a message posted on his official Facebook page late Sunday.
Militants in Gaza have sent hundreds of missiles into the Jewish state during the conflict that has so far claimed 46 lives in Israel, including 43 soldiers.
"A full salute to those who resist and to the revolutionaries," he said in remarks marking the start of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr that ends the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Egypt's new authorities have blacklisted Hamas and accused it of plotting attacks in the country.
Mursi himself and other Brotherhood leaders are accused of colluding with Hamas to sow chaos inside Egypt during the 2011 revolt that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.
In his message, Mursi also hailed his supporters for "the pursuit of their revolution".
Since Mursi's ouster, his supporters have been staging regular protests calling for his reinstatement.
However, their rallies have sharply dwindled amid a government crackdown that has left more than 1,400 people dead and at least 15,000 detained.