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Qatar reportedly orders a number of Hamas members to leave Doha

June 3, 2017 9:10 P.M. (Updated: June 5, 2017 7:55 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Qatari government has reportedly instructed Hamas, the de facto ruling party of the besieged Gaza Strip, to expel a list of Hamas officials from the Qatar's capital, Doha, according to Lebanese news outlet al-Mayadeen.

The report said that the majority of the names on the list were members of Hamas who coordinate with Hamas leaders in the occupied West Bank.

The list, which was reportedly not final and subject to amendment, included names of Palestinians who were mentioned by Hamas-affiliated prisoners under interrogation by Israeli forces.

The Qatari’s reportedly apologized for the move, but said it came as a result of “external pressures,” though al-Mayadeen did not elaborate on the source of outside pressure.

However, in a speech last month at a summit in Saudi Arabia, US President Donald Trump included Hamas on a list of international terrorist organizations, and called upon leaders of Arab and Muslim-majority countries to form a coalition against so-called Islamist terrorism.

Palestinians in Gaza from across the political spectrum united in denouncing the remarks, which were interpreted as a blanket condemnation of all forms of Palestinian national resistance.

An earlier version of this report mistakenly said that the Hamas members in question were residing in and slated for expulsion from the Gaza Strip, not from Doha. Ma'an regrets this error.
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