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schism in Hamas over foreign influence?

May 19, 2009

A Kuwaiti newspaper is suggesting just this  over HAMAS’s relationship with Iran and Syria:

Iranian and Syrian pressure has led Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshal to dismiss his deputy Musa Abu Marzouk and senior militant Imad Al-Almi, according to a report in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyasa.

According to Al-Siyasa, the dismissals were carried out because of a schism between the two militants and Meshal in regard to Iranian and Syrian influence on Hamas, and the issue of negotiations with Fatah.

Marzouk and Al-Ami reportedly pushed for greater Hamas independence from Syria and Iran, while Meshal was adamant about adhering to diplomatic edicts handed down to the group from Damascus and Teheran.

It would be interesting if these two form their own splinter-group.

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