Mashaal: Hamas ready to cede control

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“Damascus-based Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal confirmed that the Islamic group would return control of security and government institutions in Gaza to the Palestinian Authority, Asharq Alawsat reported on Tuesday…” Click for full article

Hamas officials have made some minor gestures and flirted with the idea of handing back the Gaza strip to PA control in the recent past, but, if Asharq Alawsat’s report is true, this seems to be the real thing as Khaled Mashaal, Hamas’ politburo chief based in Damascus, is a Hamas hardliner who many believe to be the one really in charge of the organization. He is also said to be the one behind that rash decision to takeover the Gaza strip last June.

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