The Egyptian government sponsored daily al-Ahram reported Saturday that the Hizbullah cell recently discovered in the country was in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Arab nation to overthrow the Egyptian regime.
In an unusually harsh editorial, the newspaper claimed that Iran, Syria and Qatar were all part of the plot, as well as Hamas and the al-Jazeera television network. Their operation, said the report, was "meant to bring Egypt to the brink of chaos and facilitate a coup."
The editorial goes on to detail the role each of the members of the "Arab axis of evil" were to take in the plot, citing information derived form Cairo's intelligence services and claiming that the Hizbullah lineup in Cairo "was not only put in place in order to carry out terror attacks, but also to bring about a wave of unrest as part of a wide-scale plot against Egypt."
According to the report, it was during January's Israeli offensive in Gaza that the members of the axis decided that Egypt was conspiring with Israel against Hamas. The paper goes on to suggest that the latter's decision to breach the ceasefire agreement with Israel was predetermined "by three counties, three groups and one propaganda media outlet."
The editorial then implicates Iran, Syria, Qatar, Hizbullah, Hamas, the Muslin Brotherhood and al-Jazeera television.