Hamas urges Arab gov'ts to take neutral stance

Hamas movement called on the Arab governments on Tuesday to be neutral when dealing with the Palestinian case and not to support one side at the expense of the other.

Hamas urges Arab gov'ts to take neutral stance
Hamas movement called on the Arab governments on Tuesday to be neutral when dealing with the Palestinian case and not to support one side at the expense of the other.

Hamas' appeal came after reports saying that Egypt has decided to move its diplomatic representation mission from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri in Gaza city, however, told a news conference that his movement had no information about Egypt's intention to move its embassy to the West Bank city of Ramallah.

He said contacts were underway between Hamas leaders and Egyptian officials "to clarify the stance over the current situation."

But Abu Zuhri said that the withdrawal of the Egyptian security delegation and the Egyptian embassy staff from Gaza "raised many questions that needed to be answered at this time."

Egypt pulled out its senior security delegation, which had been mediating among Palestinian factions, and Gaza-based diplomatic mission last week after Hamas seized control of the coastal Strip on June 14.

After Hamas took control of Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Fatah-Hamas unity government, which took office on March 17.

On Sunday, Abbas swore in an emergency cabinet without Hamas in Ramallah, which was rejected by Hamas as "illegitimate."
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