Hamas reportedly leaving Damascus

Hamas is reportedly thinning its ranks in Damascus as pan-Arab pressure builds on the Syrian regime.

Diplomats are saying that the Palestinian Islamist group, which has long had its headquarters in the Syrian capital, has been quietly relocating staff to Gaza following the Arab League decision to suspend Syria over its bloody crackdown on anti-regime protestors, according to news reports.

A Hamas spokesperson denied the report, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Another Islamist militia supported by Syria, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, has emphasized that its alliance with the Assad regime remains sound. — jta