Zahar: Palestinian leaders can return to Gaza from Syria

February 29, 2012 19:43


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Prominent Hamas member Mahmoud Zahar said Wednesday that the Gaza Stip is an alternative for its leaders fleeing the civil turmoil in Syria, Al Jazeera reported.

Zahar said that Gaza "is an alternative destination currently available for leaders returning from living abroad in light of the upheavals taking place in a number of Arab nations, and especially in Syria," Zahar said, signaling the growing daylight between the Sunni Islamist group and their longtime allies in Damascus. Zahar made the comments after some Hamas leaders recently announced their alignment with the Syrian opposition, despite Damascus hosting the group's political bureau in exile after Jordan expelled the group in 1999.

"I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform," Hamas Prime Minsiter Ismail Haniyeh said in Cairo last week.

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