Syrian security forces executed two Hamas men, a rebel-affiliated organization has reported. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on its website on Wednesday that it had learned from activists that the bodies of two Hamas men were found near a mosque in Husseiniya on the outskirts of Damascus, after execution by Syrian forces. This follows reports that Syrian troops had moved into the city to establish control.

The Syrian leadership of Hamas left its base in the capital earlier this year because of Assad’s crackdown on Sunnis.

The tensions between Hamas and Syria were reflected in Syrian President Bashar Assad’s speech on Sunday when he said, “I salute every honest Palestinian who valued the Syrian stances and did not treat Syria as a hotel which he leaves when the service goes downhill.”

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