Experts: Critical situation in Syria not to affect position of Hamas

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 23 /Trend, A.Tagiyeva/

The protests and activities of the opposition in Syria could lead to regime change in the country, but it will not adversely affect the position of Hamas, whose residence is located in Damascus, experts say.

Possible change of power in Syria will not hit the interests of Hamas, because any next regime will continue to support this organization, said Emad Jad, an analyst at the Egyptian Al-Ahram Center for Strategic Studies.

"The activities of Hamas are not limited to the support of the Assad regime," Jad told Trend by telephone from Cairo.

The vast majority of leaders and ordinary members of Hamas are the Sunnis, but they are getting support from Iran and Syria as the only strong Palestinian group in implacable opposition to Israel. In addition, Damascus has provided its territory and infrastructure for the base of the Hamas politburo. Israel has banned entry of politburo's members to the Palestinian territories.

According to the head of the "Arab East" London Centre Salim Zuhair, President Assad supports Hamas organization only upon conditions, without providing the necessary support. For this reason, Hamas leaders will support the change of power, since the new government, representing the interests of the Syrian people, will provide the necessary support to the organization, said Zuhair.

Jad also said that if the regime changes in Syria, the Syrian "Muslim Brothers" will play an important role in the new government, so there is no doubt that Hamas will get support from the new Syrian government.

"The new government, whose decisions will largely depend on the "Muslim Brothers" will provide the necessary support to Hamas and will cooperate with them," said Jad.
According to Zuhair, in case of a possible change of Shiite power in Syria to the Sunni, Iran will not interrupt its cooperation with either Hamas or with the authorities in Syria.

Syria is already covered by the fourth month of mass protests, which began in mid-March in Dera'a, and then spread to other parts of the country. Syrian human rights activists report that in clashes with security forces killed about 1.3 thousand people.

The riots in Syria began in the southern city of Dera'a in mid-March. Then they spread to other regions. Syrian human rights activists report that more than 1,100 people were killed in clashes with security forces. According to official data, more than 340 military and security forces were killed when the events of the actions of "armed terrorist elements" began.

Syrian President Bashar Assad announced on Tuesday a new general amnesty in the country. The amnesty covers all crimes committed by June 20, 2011, including those that were committed during the protests over the past two weeks.

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