Azhar Vadi | Cii News & Agencies, Pic: Al Akhbar | 08 November 2012
A senior Palestinian Hamas official based in Syria has voiced his support for the Syrian people in their fight for freedom against the regime of President, Bashar Al Assad.
The deputy head of the Hamas Political Bureau in Damascus, Mousa Abu Marzouq, made the statement after Syrian security forces broke into offices that belonged to the organisation and the home of the movement’s leader, Khaled Meshal.
During the raid, the Syrian authorities also reportedly confiscated cars that belongs to the Bureau and Meshal on Monday, November, 5.
All property was confiscated and locks on all doors were changed.
According to Abu Marzouq the Syrian intelligence – Palestine Branch, also closed his rented home and his office on Wednesday.
Hamas has for years used Syria as a base to carry out its international affairs. The relationship between the two soured last year when Hamas refused to hold a rally in support of Assad in Damascus followed by Meshal’s relocation for the city to Doha, Qatar.
Meanwhile the head of the Arab league, Nabil Al Araby, called on Syrian opposition groups to unite anticipating the fall of Bashar Al Assad.
An enlarged 420 member Syrian National Council would still be meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Thursday where they hoped to choose a leader and form two organised bodies.
Al Araby says Al Assad’s regime will not stay in power for much longer.
The West has also been playing as increasing role as the battles on the ground intensified in Syria and resistance forces have been calling for a supply of weapons to topple Al Assad.
Britain saying it will deal directly with rebel military leaders but William Hague, the foreign secretary, said Britain still would not supply weapons to the rebels.
Turkey says NATO members have discussed protecting a safe zone inside Syria with Patriot missiles. Ahmet Dovotuglu, Turkish Foreign Minister, said the measure was a defensive measure.
“From the start of this ordeal, Nato has been discussing all different steps. Patriot is a missile defense system. It’s just that and nothing else. Nato is a defense organisation and if the need arises it will take the necessary action. There is no hidden agenda. Whatever the risks are, we look at the situation and act accordingly.”
More than 35,000 people have now died since the uprising against Assad’s regime erupted in March 2011. The peaceful protests calling for reform and change were brutally repressed resulting in an armed rebellion by the people.