Ismail Haniyeh, chairman of the Hamas political bureau,

Hamas has accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of supporting Israel’s ‘occupation’ and its policies in violation of Palestinians’ rights.

“Statements made during visits by some Emirati officials to the Israeli occupation went over the line and reflect unlimited UAE support to the settlement building and occupation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Twitter.

“Such statements also confirm UAE involvement with the occupation against Palestinian rights and the interests of the peoples of the region,” he said.

During recent visits to Israel, a number of Emirati and Bahraini officials made statements showing support for Israeli policies.

This September the UAE, along with Bahrain, signed a US-brokered agreement with Israel to establish diplomatic relations. Following their normalization deal, a host of bilateral agreements were signed between them.