Report: Jordan closes its doors to Hamas leaders in solidarity with Egypt

Palestinian sources tell 'Al-Quds Al-Arabi' Hamas leaders are not welcomed in most Arab capitals.

December 17, 2013 22:30
Khaled Mashaal

Mashaal looks funny 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Jordan has closed its doors to Hamas to show support to the new Egyptian regime, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Wednesday, quoting Palestinian sources.

The sources told the paper Jordan did not respond to several requests made by the head of Hamas' political bureau Khaled Mashaal to visit Amman and meet with Jordanian officials.

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According to the report, "a lot of doors of Arab capitals are closed to Hamas to show solidarity and support for the new Egyptian regime."

Tensions between Egypt and Hamas have been intensifying since the toppling of Mohammad Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party from power by Egyptian army commander General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July.

Egyptian authorities hold Hamas responsible for terrorist acts in Sinai, and has taken actions to weaken the organization, a former ally of Morsi, including bombing most of Hamas' smuggling tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to Sinai, cracking down on Islamist militants linked to Hamas in the peninsula and revoking the citizenship of Hamas leaders.

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