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Gazans, Syrians both torn as Hamas restores ties with Syrian regime

Hamas has announced the restoration of relations with the Syrian government, but Hamas circles are not in agreement on the news.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas' Sept. 15 announcement of restored relations with the Syrian government sparked controversy both within and outside the movement. While some Arab countries supported Hamas’ decision, others panned it.

By the end of 2011, Hamas had left its offices in Damascus in the wake of the Syrian uprising as relations with the Syrian government deteriorated over the movement’s support for the popular Syrian protests

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