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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Saturday the battle against jihadist insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula would be a long and hard one, as violence there continues unabated. His comments came as a Cairo court banned the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, declaring it a "terrorist" organisation after accusations it backs militant attacks in Sinai. Sisi spoke following a meeting with his top brass two days after militants killed 30 people and wounded dozens in attacks, including a car bombing, in North Sinai. Thursday's attacks were claimed by militants from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group.