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Hamas on Saturday condemned the terrorist attack by French Islamists that claimed 12 lives at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week.
The Palestinian group released a statement in French that said Hamas “condemns the attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine and insists on the fact that differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder,” AFP reported.
Hamas also denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for remarks linking the attack in Paris with rockets fired by Hamas from the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilians.
“Hamas condemns the desperate attempts by... Netanyahu to make a connection between our movement and the resistance of our people on the one hand, and global terrorism on the other,” AFP quoted the Palestinian group as saying.
Hamas, however, apparently had no response to a separate attack in the French capital this week at kosher deli Hyper Cacher that ended on Friday in the death of four hostages and a terrorist.
Meanwhile, the PLO was planning a rally for Sunday in Ramallah in support of France.
Khaled Abu Toameh and Reuters contributed to this report.