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Hamas continues efforts to normalise ties with Syrian regime

September 16, 2022 at 8:08 am

Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas gives a speech in Gaza City, Gaza on April 30, 2022 [Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian group, Hamas, said Thursday it will pursue efforts to normalise relations with the Syrian regime, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“Hamas will continue efforts to build and develop solid relations with the Syrian Arab Republic,” Hamas said in a statement.

“This will serve the just issues of our nation, including the Palestinian cause,” it added.

The Palestinian group, which rules the Gaza Strip, reiterated support for Syria against Israeli airstrikes inside Syrian territory.

“We reiterate our firm position on supporting Syria’s territorial integrity,” it added.

On 21 June, a Palestinian source told Anadolu Agency that Hamas and the Syrian regime were preparing to restore ties following efforts by their regional allies, including Lebanese group, Hezbollah, and Iran.

Since 1999, Hamas had used Damascus as the headquarters for its leadership abroad, until 2012 when the Palestinian group severed relations with the regime and closed its offices in Syria following the eruption of the Syrian conflict.

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