Hamas denies reports it's stopping attacks against Israel

December 29, 2011 19:25

Hamas Thursday dismissed as “trivial” claims that its Damascus-based leader, Khaled Mashaal, had ordered the movement’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, to stop armed attacks against Israel.

The denial came in response to a report in Haaretz that claimed that Mashaal had instructed his men to cease attacks on Israeli targets.

The report claimed that Mashaal issued the order “based on understandings” he reached with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their recent talks in Cairo.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum described the report as “trivial,” saying it does not even deserve a response.

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