BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – A media source told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Friday that Syria has not restored relations with Hamas, despite the claims by the Palestinian group’s leader, Ismail Haniyah, earlier this month.
“The stance of Syria on this issue is principled,” the SANA source said, adding “this stance, in the past, was built on the fact that Hamas was a resistance movement against ‘Israel’, but, later it became clear that it is the blood of Muslim Brotherhood that dominates this movement when it supported the terrorists in Syria and engaged in the scheme that ‘Israel’ wanted.”
The SANA source said that all the news circulated will never change Syria’s attitude towards those who have been rejected by the Syrian people since the beginning of the war.
Haniyah told Sputnik News in an exclusive interview that Hamas had accepted Syria’s view on the opposition groups.
Hamas, who is allied with Iran, cut off relations with Syria in 2012 after their then leader, Khaled Mesha’al, abruptly left Damascus for Qatar.
Upon his arrival in Qatar, Mesha’al heavily criticized Damascus and adopted Doha’s narrative on the Syrian conflict.
Since then, Syria and Hamas have had strained relations, with the former shifting their primary support for the Palestinian people to groups like the PFLP, PFLP-GC, PIJ, DFLP, and Fatah Al-Intifada.