Ma'an News Agency
September 13, 2011 - 12:00am

Hamas confirmed on Monday that it would not be moving its headquarters from Syria following unrest in the country, a party statement said.

“We confirm that the news reports on some media outlets claiming that the movement considers moving its offices or part of its leadership from Damascus, upon request from Syrian security, are false and not real at all,” the statement said.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar had previously said that several options were being explored in light of the security situation in Syria which is "dangerous for all Palestinians, not just Hamas."

Reports indicated that Cairo was being touted as a potential location if the Islamist party decided to move its headquarters.

"There are a number of options and Egypt is one of them," Zahhar had said.

Egypt's ambassador to the Palestinian Authority responded to the comments by saying that they did not reflect any official policy.

Palestinians have been repeatedly targeted and dozens have been killed amid the Assad regime's crackdown on pro-democracy protests that began in mid-March.


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