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Hamas: Iran reduces financial support over Syria stance
Published Monday 03/06/2013 (updated) 06/06/2013 09:57
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Iran has significantly reduced financial support to Hamas because of the group's support for opposition groups in Syria's internal conflict, a senior party official said Monday.

Ahmed Yousif told Ma'an that Iran has never threatened to completely stop financial support to Hamas, but said there has been a serious reduction in funds due to the group's stance on Syria's ongoing conflict.

Hamas offices in Iran and Lebanon are still open, Yousif said, highlighting that Hamas decided to leave Syria to show "support to the Syrian people against tyranny and oppression."

The Hamas official dismissed media reports that Hezbollah and Iran had warned officials to leave their respective countries if the group didn't change its position on Syria.

Yousif said that Hamas would not yield to pressure from Iran but would not reject its support. "We will not accept to bargain for our positions," he added.

Hamas has other sources of finances and is not worried by a reduction in Iranian aid, Yousif said.

After years of alignment with Damascus, during which he used Damascus as a base, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal relocated in 2012 to Doha, severing ties with Bashar Assad and declaring his support for the revolt against the Syrian president's regime.
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1 ) KAGH / US
03/06/2013 19:52
well it could seem Hamas has found new friends, seeing as how Hamas is training Free Syria Army forces, unless we're to believe they do it for free

2 ) Ghassan / Palestine
03/06/2013 19:53
HAMAS-ians are mercenaries. If Israelis pay them good, they don't mind to move their offices to Tel Aviv.

3 ) Rami / Palestine
04/06/2013 08:33
#1 You obviously don't know anything about Hamas. They're NOT training the FSA. Your claim is bogus and highly uneducated. #2 Hamas have done more for the Palestinian people than you have. How are they mercenaries? Maybe you're what we would call a "Jesoos." I bet if Israel paid you enough you'd be a member of the Mossad.

4 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
04/06/2013 09:25
Hamas seem to be opportunists as far as Syria is concerned. By supporting Al Nusra/Al Qaeda fighters from outside, they are in fact allying with US, Israel and Arab emirs. They should stop being sectarian and start being principled

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/06/2013 04:49
One amusing note: no matter which way Israel jumps, she's either allied with Hamas, or allied with Hezbollah. Should she demand that she be listed as a terrorist organization?

6 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/06/2013 10:39
To Ben Barka #4 'By supporting Al Nusra/Al Qaeda fighters from outside, they are in fact allying with US, Israel and Arab emirs. They should stop being sectarian and start being principled' Your argument seems to amount to saying that it's impossible for opposition to Assad to be principled. Some of us don't actually think Assad's all that great a guy.

7 ) Israeli1 / Israel
09/06/2013 02:34
@5: your comment is of course a reflection of the absolute illogic and paranoid nature of our enemies. We are allied with neither and are merely enjoying the show. As I have said here for quite a while, our enemies are committing suicide. Every weapon they had for use against the Jews, they use on each other, every tactic, each more horrible than the last, they wanted to perfect on the Jews, they use on the Muslims. They said Israel will not last but it is they who destroy themselves.
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