Hamas: Iran relations suffering from Syria conflict

Islamist group's support of rebels eroding ties with Tehran.

By REUTERS
June 19, 2013 17:18
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Free Syria Army fighters in Saraqeb [file photo]

Free Syria Army fighters in Saraqeb 370 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS / Handout)

GAZA - Hamas said on Wednesday its relations with financial backer Iran have suffered as a result of the

Iran has also provided Hamas with weapons, including long-range rockets that it has used to strike cities deep inside Israel.

Hamad made no mention of any change in Iranian arms supplies to the group, which is boycotted by the West over its refusal to renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept existing Israeli-Palestinian interim peace deals.

On Monday, Hamas urged the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria, where they are battling on Assad's behalf.

The call marked a further deterioration in relations between Hamas and Hezbollah, two long-time allies who have each fought against Israel and advocate its destruction.

"We are with Hezbollah in their resistance against Israel but we are not in favor of their position in Syria," Hamad said.


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