Deputy Chief: Hamas will stay in Syria

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September 10, 2011 09:47

 
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Hamas has no intention of moving its headquarters out of Syria, said Deputy Political Bureau Chief Musa Abu Marzuk on Saturday, according to Israel Radio.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar has also confirmed that Hamas has not handed in an official request to Egypt to relocate its offfices to its territory.

According to Egypt's envoy to the Palestinian territories Yasser Othman, the issue is not being discussed at all in Egypt. Othman also stressed that Cairo sees PLO representation in its country as sufficient and will not be taking any steps to encourage divisions among the Palestinians.

The report comes after 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.

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