Hamas official denies political leadership leaving Damascus

April 30, 2011 10:31


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A Hamas official on Saturday denied reports that the group's political leadership intends to leave Damascus and move to Qatar, Israel Radio reported.

According to Israel Radio, the official also denied that a Hamas office would be opened in Egypt.

He refused to comment on another report that the commander of Hamas's military wing, Ahmed Jabari, spoke in Cairo with Egyptian Intelligence Minister Murad Muwafi about releasing captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

Earlier, the London-based newspaper Al Hayat reported that Hamas's political leadership will leave Damascus for Qatar. The report could not be confirmed by any other sources.

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