Loss of Damascus HQ was main factor in Hamas accepting deal

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October 12, 2011 00:05

 
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One of the main factors for Hamas in accepting a prisoner exchange deal to free Gilad Schalit was the fact that the group had lost its headquarters in Damascus amid unrest in Syria, according to defense assessments presented to the cabinet late Tuesday night.

In mediating the deal, Egypt apparently used the loss as leverage to put pressure on Hamas to accept the deal.

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