06/11/2012 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A spokesman for Hamas says the Syrian government has sealed its offices in Damascus, finalizing the break between the Islamic militant group and its former patron. Spokesman Ayman Taha said on Tuesday that the move had been expected after Hamas openly switched sides to support the armed rebellion against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Taha says Monday’s move by Damascus was ‘a result of our siding with the Syrian people in their just struggle.’ Taha spoke from Cairo. Hamas, an armed group sworn to Israel’s destruction, moved its headquarters to Syria in the late 1990s. But relations have soured since Syria’s violent suppression of the uprising that began in March 2011. Hamas leaders are now based in Qatar, Egypt and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.”
U.K. media had reported in December 2011 that Hamas was considering whether to pull its exiled leadership out of Syria as the organization reassessed its alliance with President Bashar al-Assad.
The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an early media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations . In 2007, a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and in 2008, an Israeli TV station reported that Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” had traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. Hamas is supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood and a NEFA Foundation report has documented the Hamas fund-raising activities of the Union of Good, a coalition of Islamic charities linked to the Brotherhood that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. Previous posts have also discussed the worldwide campaign orchestrated by the global Brotherhood against Israeli actions in Gaza during the 2008-2009 conflict with Israel.