Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar announced on Friday that he is considering the possibility of moving the group's headquarters from Damascus in Syria to Cairo in Egypt.
"All the Palestinians in Syria are in distress, and it's not just Hamas," Zahar said. "When it comes down to where the headquarters of the organization are located, there are many options and Egypt is one of them," he continued. RELATED: Arab Affairs: The revolt at Yarmuk refugee campShin Bet nabs dozens of West Bank-based Hamas members
This is not the first time that reports have surfaced about Hamas moving its headquarters out of Syria.
In April, the group said it had no plans to move its headquarters from Damascus to Qatar because of the unrest
“Hamas is continuing to carry out its work in Damascus,” said
Izat Risheq, a member of the Hamas political bureau. “There is no change on our
status in Syria.”
The London-based pan Arab daily Al-Hayat
Syria asked Hamas to leave the country and that Qatar only agreed to receive the
movement’s political leadership The report claimed that Egypt and Jordan refused
to receive the Hamas leadership.
The paper said that the decision to ask
Hamas to leave Syria came in response to the movement’s support for the popular
uprising in that country.