Hamas and Syria have announced a resumption of relations

A decade after severing ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and decamping from Damascus, Hamas is said to be in talks to resume ties with Syria, according to members of the terrorist group who spoke on Tuesday.

“Contacts with Syria are improving to fully return to what they were, due to many visits by Hamas leaders to Syria,” a senior figure in the ruling Palestinian movement told AFP in the Gaza Strip, on condition of anonymity.

“Syria supports the cause of the Palestinian and the Palestinian people. Hamas values ​​the relationship between Syria and all Arab countries,” he added.

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Hamas and Syria have severed all ties since early 2012, when group leaders scoffed against Assad’s brutal crackdown on the uprising that would lead to Syria’s civil war. Syria closed Hamas offices a few months ago, ending the time the chapter continued in two parts.

An unnamed official of the terrorist group said Hamas and Syria had engaged in “high-level meetings” in favor of reconciliation, Reuters said.

Syrian officials did not respond to a request for comment by the news agency.

Hamas, an armed group vowed to destroy the Jewish state, set up offices in Syria in the late 1990s.

Since leaving Damascus, Hamas leaders have primarily established their bases in Qatar, Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

Hamas ’opposition to the Syrian government’s start of the civil war also angered their ally Iran, which stopped funding the group – a claim denied in 2016 by the republic.

In 2017, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar called the relationship between the terrorist group and Tehran “amazing”.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, meets with Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, second from left, and a Hamas delegation in Tehran, July 22, 2019. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Israel and Hamas have encountered several conflicts since the terrorist organization took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas opened a joint operations center in Beirut during the 11-day war last year between Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza, according to Ibrahim Al-Amine, editor of the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah chief daily Al Akhbar.

Hamas, an Islamic and fundamentalist terrorist organization, was created in 1987 at the start of the First Intifada as a branch of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. The organization has repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel and has been behind many deadly terrorist attacks.

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