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Hamas: No secret terms in Shalit deal

Arab-Israel Relations Materials 25 October 2011 12:54
Hamas official Izzat ar-Rishiq on Monday denied media reports which claimed there were secret terms
Hamas: No secret terms in Shalit deal

Hamas official Izzat ar-Rishiq on Monday denied media reports which claimed there were secret terms within the recent prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel Maan reported

"These reports are fabricated reports made to undermine the deal and conceal the fact that Israel yielded to Hamas and the Palestinian resistance making unprecedented concessions," the Hamas official said in a statement.

Ar-Rishiq also stated that Hamas would not seek to move its offices from Damascus.

In September, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar had said that several possibilities were being considered in light of the security situation in Syria, which is "dangerous for all Palestinians -- not just for Hamas."

The relationship between Hamas and Iran is strong and firm, Ar-Rishiq said in a statement, and Hamas leaders took part in a conference in Tehran this month to commemorate the Palestinian intifada.

The senior Hamas leader said he was dissappointed with accusations that the movement did not do enough to secure the release of detained Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi within the prisoner exchange.

"The deal was delayed because we insisted on the release of senior leaders such as Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat," he said.

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