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Syria's Assad, Hamas weigh rapprochement

The Hamas movement seems divided as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hosted a delegation of Palestinian factions leaders and praised all resistance factions, after years of estrangement with Hamas.
Hamdan and Assad

In the midst of the Israeli bombing campaign against the Gaza Strip, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hosted in Damascus on May 20 a delegation of leaders of Palestinian factions with the exception of Hamas. During the meeting, Assad stressed his country’s firm position on the Palestinian cause and continued support for the Palestinian people's struggle and legitimate resistance. 

The delegation included leaders from the Islamic Jihad movement, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Vanguard for the Popular Liberation War-Lightning Forces (As-Sa’iqa), the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front, the Palestinian Liberation Front and the Fatah movement.

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