Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters)
no plans to move its headquarters from Damascus to Qatar because of the unrest
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“Hamas is continuing to carry out its work in Damascus,” said
Izat Risheq, a member of the Hamas political bureau. “There is no change on our
status in Syria.”
The London-based pan Arab daily Al-Hayat reported that
Syria asked Hamas to leave the country and that Qatar only agreed to receive the
movement’s political leadership The report claimed that Egypt and Jordan refused
to receive the Hamas leadership.
The paper said that the decision to ask
Hamas to leave Syria came in response to the movement’s support for the popular
uprising in that country.
Hamas legislator Salah Bardaweel also denied
the newspaper report, stressing that his movement did not receive any request
from Syria to leave.
Bardaweel said that Hamas had nothing to do with the
unrest in Syria. “This is an internal affair,” he said. “Hamas does not
interfere in the internal affairs of any country, just as it does not like
others to meddle in its affairs.”