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Hamas source denies co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar quitting group’s leadership

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A Hamas source said Tuesday that a letter purporting to show that Mahmoud al-Zahar, one of the founders of the terror group, had resigned from its political leadership in the Gaza Strip was misinformation circulated by rivals.

The unnamed source spoke to the SHMS news agency after reports said al-Zahar had stepped down.

The source said al-Zahar was still “performing his duties” at the political office and “has not submitted his regulation as some claim.”

“Those who are behind this news are hostile parties, seeking to get rid of al-Zahar,” the source said, urging media outlets to only trust information from official sources and “not be dragged along by rumors.”

According to reports, al-Zahar filed a letter in which he cited “special and personal reasons” for quitting.

On Monday, al-Zahar spoke at an event to mark the anniversary of Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza........

© The Times of Israel

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