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Saudi-led squeeze on Qatar leaves Hamas facing big questions

10 June 2017, 05:08 | Katrina Lee

Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas official, said Riyadh's "regrettable" decision supports "American and Zionist calls to put Hamas on the terrorism list".

Hamas rules the Gaza Strip while its rival Fatah controls the West Bank.

Attack tunnels were a key weapon for Hamas during the 2014 Gaza war.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Tuesday during a visit in France, said Qatar could only return to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) if it stops funding Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2011, Gaza-based Palestinian resistance group Hamas carried out an Egypt-brokered prisoner-swap deal with Israel, which saw Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit released by Hamas in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. She said families of the missing Palestinians have been seeking information about them but so far nothing has come up. Israel and Hamas have fought three cross-border wars that caused large-scale damage in Gaza.

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Just a week after Hamas officials were expelled from Qatar amid a diplomatic crisis with the Arab Gulf over accusations of terrorist funding, a senior Hamas official announced Saturday that a delegation plans to visit Iran in a bid for further global support.

Several reports reveal that Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and the official in charge of civil affairs within the Palestinian Authority, Hussein Sheikh, slammed Hamas during a meeting between Kahlon and IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. "Qatar has played host to Hamas' leadership and provided funding and resources to them and many other terrorist groups - and was often aligned with Iran".

"The Arab states who broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar didn't do so because of Israel, nor ... because of the Palestinian issue".

Residents in the enclave, run by Islamist Hamas group, said the protesters were throwing stones near the fence when the Israeli troops shot at them.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli army constantly opens fire on Palestinian farmers and workers, in their own land close to the border fence, in addition to repeatedly attacking fishermen in Gaza territorial waters. But its small size and reliance on food imports from Saudi Arabia could make it susceptible to pressure. Many identify with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

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