Senior Hamas Official Murdered in Damascus (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/28/12)
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A senior member of Hamas was murdered in Damascus on Wednesday, Hamas
politburo member Izzat al-Rishq announced.
In a message posted to his Facebook page, al-Rishq said that the
murdered member of Hamas is Kamal Ranaja, also known as Nizzar Abu-
Mujhad. Al-Rishq said that Hamas will investigate the circumstances
that led to Ranaja’s murder.
The Arabic network Al-Mayadeen said that Ranaja was in the past an
aide of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated in
Dubai in 2010. Mabhouh’s death was widely blamed on Israel´s Mossad
spy agency, which never confirmed or denied involvement.
Despite previously being close allies, there has been a rift between
Hamas and the Syrian regime ever since the uprising against President
Bashar Assad began. Reports surfaced as early as last May that Hamas
is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt and the terror
group is strengthening itself in the Sinai.
Some reports claimed that the Damascus-based Hamas leadership left
Syria after the Syrian government asked the Hamas leaders to leave.
In December, it was reported that dozens of Hamas members have
quietly returned to Gaza from Damascus. Later reports said that Hamas
leaders attached to the organization´s long-standing Damascus bureau
are fleeing Syria with their families as Assad´s regime grows
Hamas is hoping that the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed
Morsi in the Egyptian presidential elections could enable it to
secure international recognition. The Muslim Brotherhood helped found
Hamas in 1987. The group has also been attempting to get closer to
Jordan. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/28/12)
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