Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Khaled Al Hariri / Reuters)
The political leadership of Hamas intends to leave Damascus and move to Qatar, according to a report in the London-based newspaperAl Hayat on Saturday. The report could not be confirmed by any other sources.
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According to the report, Qatar agreed to host Hamas' exiled leader Khaled Mashaal and other senior officials but has not agreed to host the organization's military wing.
Palestinian officials who spoke with the newspaper said that the
transfer of the Hamas leadership to Doha came after Jordan and Egypt
rejected a similar request.
also reported that the
commander of the military wing of Hamas, Ahmed Jabari, spoke in Cairo
with Egyptian Intelligence Minister Murad Muwafi about the deal to bring home captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. This report could
also not be confirmed by any other source.
The newspaper did not specify the reasons for the decision by Hamas's
political leadership to leave Syria. However, the popular uprising
against President Bashar al-Assad is considered to be a major factor.