Israel Says Qatar Expels Hamas Leader; Militant Group Denies

January 6, 2015 2:37 PM

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The Israeli government on Tuesday claimed Qatar had expelled the leader of the Hamas militant group, in what would be a significant diplomatic victory for Israel. Hamas officials denied the claims as "baseless."

The Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it "welcomes Qatar's decision to expel the head of the Hamas political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, to Turkey." It said the Qatari decision came after heavy diplomatic pressure from Israel.

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