Free Syria Army fighters in Saraqeb 370 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS / Handout)
Hamas’s deteriorating relations with Iran and Syria have impacted financial aid
to the Islamist movement, Ghazi Hamad, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza
Strip, was quoted on Wednesday as saying.
Noting that Syria had supported
Hamas financially and politically, Hamad said that his movement’s support for
the Syrian “revolution” has resulted in the loss of financial aid from both
Damascus and Tehran.
Hamad insisted that no country had ever dictated to
Hamas a certain position or policy in return for financial aid.
won’t allow any country to intervene in internal Palestinian affairs, even if
they provide us with money and weapons” he added.
Referring to reports
about growing tensions between Hamas and Egypt, Hamad claimed that under the
present regime in Egypt there is “political openness” between the two sides. In
contrast, he pointed out, the former regime of Hosni Mubarak maintained only
security relations with Hamas.
Hamad also denied allegations that Hamas
was meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt.
Earlier this week,
hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated in Cairo against the visit of Hamas leaders
Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh.
The demonstrators accused Hamas of
being behind a series of terror attacks against Egyptian security forces –
especially in the Sinai Peninsula – over the past two years.
that Hamas has ties with all parties in Egypt, but did not elaborate.
said that there has never been any evidence to support the charges against
In Ramallah, the Fatah Central Committee on Wednesday called on
Hamas to stop involving Palestinians in others’ conflicts – a reference to
allegations about Hamas’s alleged responsibility for terror attacks in
“Hamas should stop meddling in the internal affairs of Arab
countries and focus its efforts on reorganizing the Palestinian home and
achieving national unity,” the committee said in a statement.