Hamas official says Hamas not part of Arab states crisis with Qatar

You might have to pinch yourself to believe a Saudi Arabian newspaper's criticism of Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas. But Hamas in Gaza denied any such expulsions had taken place.

Qatar reportedly expressed regret over expelling Hamas officials and said its hand was forced by "external pressure", as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday over accusations Doha sponsors terrorism.

"All the parties, in light of the emergence of a new USA administration, have chose to pressure Qatar, which has had a different approach to many issues including the Palestinian issue, dealing with Hamas and all Palestinian factions. and helping Gaza weather the blockade", he said. Malaysian officials had then dismissed the charge as Israeli propaganda.

A United Nations aid agency that helps Palestinians in Gaza condemned the territory's Hamas rulers on Friday after discovering a tunnel running under two of its schools for boys.

The Gaza Strip has undergone a decade-long Israeli blockade and three Israeli assaults that massively damaged its infrastructure.

"Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions against Qatar are good", Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

On the same day, Palestinian sources confirmed that Hamas officials based in Qatar had left the country.

Qatar has hosted Hamas leaders and financed major projects in Gaza, including its terror network and military buildup.

The incident took place after the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinians protesting on their lands, close to the border fence, in Khuza'a town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

"The Arab states who broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar didn't do so because of Israel, nor ... because of the Palestinian issue". This necessarily involves cooperation with Israel, as without Israeli support the Gulf Arabs plus Egypt can not hold their own against the regional powers of Turkey and Iran. Among those is Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's "parent" organization. But its small size and reliance on food imports from Saudi Arabia could make it susceptible to pressure.

Last week, several Palestinian ex-detainees in the Gaza Strip complained that they had not received their May stipends from the government.

  • Joey Payne