Syria raids Hamas offices months after group's leaders leave
[Al Ahram] Syrian security forces have raided and sealed the Damascus
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office of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, chief Khaled Meshaal, who left the city months ago along with other leaders of the Paleostinian Islamist group, Hamas said on Wednesday.
Relations between Hamas and long-time ally Syria have soured since Meshaal and other bigwigs quietly quit Damascus late last year after Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
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stepped up a crackdown on anti-government protests.
Syria is home to at least 500,000 Paleostinians, according to the United Nations
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. Syria's uprising has split loyalties, with many Paleostinians sympathetic to the 19-month-old uprising by their fellow Sunni Mohammedans, and others backing Assad, whose Alawite faith derives from Shi'ite Islam.
In recent weeks, dozens of Paleostinians have been killed by Syrian army shelling of rebel positions in and around the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, opposition campaigners said.
Meshaal's office, which had also served as his residence and the group's main headquarters in Damascus, was raided on Monday, Hamas said in a statement.
It said government forces confiscated property and sealed the building, which had been guarded by Hamas members.
Syrian security services closed the Damascus office of Emad al-Alami, a senior Hamas political official, on Tuesday, the statement said. Alami is currently in the Gazoo Strip, an enclave Hamas has controlled since 2007. Meshaal's whereabouts are unknown.
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