Hamas to 'restore ties' with Syria regime following decade-long dispute: sources
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has decided to restore ties with the Syrian regime, 10 years after its leadership shunned Bashar Al-Assad after a brutal crackdown on a peaceful uprising against his rule, two sources within the group told Reuters.
One official who asked not to be named said the two sides have held several "high-profile meetings to achieve that goal".
A Syrian official did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Hamas has also not responded to the reports.
Hamas leaders had publicly endorsed the uprising aimed at overthrowing Assad's autocratic rule, and left their Damascus headquarters. That angered their common ally, Iran.
Hamas's ties with Iran were later restored and officials of the Palestinian Islamist faction praised the Islamic Republic for help with building their Gaza arsenal of long-range rockets, which they used in fighting Israel.