The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are collaborating and seeking to increase their roles in Egypt.

Global intelligence firm Stratfor reported this, citing unconfirmed sources.

The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic opposition party in Egypt, is picking up the pieces left by President Hosni Mubarak’s police force by forming committees to protect public property. 

One side impact of the riots in Egypt is the loosening of rule of law as police forces retreat to certain areas of Egypt during certain times.

The Muslim Brotherhood is also supplying protesters with food and first aid.

Moreover, there are unconfirmed reports that as Egypt’s border with Palestine becomes unpatrolled, “Hamas armed men are entering into Egypt” and seeking collaboration with the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Hamas is a Palestinian/Islamic political/terrorist organization that was founded as an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“There is a great deal of concern building in Israel and the United States… [over] whether a political opening will be made for the Islamist organization in Egypt,” said Stratfor.