According to an official press release by Hasam, the organization “calls on the sons of the great Egyptian people to continue the resistance of the legitimate to get rid of the military occupation.”
Egypt has been ruled by former Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s in the after he ousted former president Mohamed Morsi. According to the Washington Post:
Sisi and his fellow generals appealed to Egyptians by claiming that they are engaged in a battle against Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, the threat of terrorism, as well as to jump-start a failing economy that threatens the country’s stability. In reality, the most important threat to military rule is the military itself, and it has taken important but little-noticed steps to eliminate that threat.
According to Bellingcat, Hasam emerged in October 2016 when the group “shot Gamal al-Deeb, a police officer and security official in Aman al Watani—Egypt’s domestic security agency—eight times (seven times in the torso and once in the head).”
After the assassination, the group posted a statement online stating they are the armed resistance to al-Sisi’s government.