Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Report: Syria evicts Hamas head

According to Al Rai of Kuwait, Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal has departed from Damascus Syria's request and will live in Sudan. Evidently this was due to Syria's desire to advance indirect peace talks with Israel.
Al Rai quoted Palestinians who claimed that the move was part of a secret deal between Meshal and the Syrian authorities. Meshal has been working out of Damascus since his expulsion from Jordan about ten years ago.
Some Israelis believe that the move shows a serious desire on Syria's part to advance negotiations, but there is no real evidence that the move actually took place. A Damascus-based anonymous Hamas official denied the report, saying "media reports that Hamas' politburo chief, Khaled Meshal, and other members will move to Sudan are false."

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