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Hamas 'opposes popular protests' in support of UN bid

Sept. 8, 2011 1:16 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 9, 2011 8:58 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Popular Resistance Campaign coordinator Mahmud Az-Ziq said Wednesday Hamas is refusing to allow any mass protests in Gaza in support of the UN bid.

Hamas has informed factions in Gaza that they are not in favor of any popular action to support the bid, Az-Ziq said.

Political factions in the coastal enclave have, however, tried to convince Hamas of the importance of such events.

Popular protests and public events to demonstrate support for the UN bid for statehood are important, Az-Ziq said, adding that some factions in the Strip are frustrated by Hamas' position on the issue.

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