Qatar tells Hamas members to leave country due to ‘external pressure’

Arab media outlets are reporting that the Qatari government has requested that certain Hamas members leave the country. Qatar reportedly expressed regret over the matter and said that it was the result of “external pressure.”
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Diplomatic sources told the Al Mayadeen media outlet on Saturday that Qatar is demanding that several Hamas members leave the country. According to the sources, Qatar sent the terrorist organization a list of members who are in Qatar and need to leave the country due to “external pressure.”

According to the report, the list includes the names of Hamas members who are in charge of the organization’s activities in the West Bank. Qatar expressed regret over the matter. The Palestinian news agency Ma’an said that the list is not final and may still change. 

A few Arab news agencies said it is possible that the list is related to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, Trump said that Hamas is a terrorist organization. In response, Hamas said that Trump’s speech in Riyadh proved that he is “completely biased in favor of Israel.”

“We now face a humanitarian and security disaster in this region that is spreading across the planet,” Trump said during his speech. “It is a tragedy of epic proportions. No description of the suffering and depravity can begin to capture its full measure. The true toll of ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and so many others must be counted not only in the number of dead. It must also be counted in generations of vanished dreams.”

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