Hamas leader to meet Erdogan in Turkey

Published August 12th, 2015 - 01:30 GMT

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was set to arrive in Turkey for a meeting with Turkish Presdient Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday evening, Turkish daily Hurriyet reported.

The meeting comes after Turkey reportedly ordered a senior Hamas official whom Israel accuses of organizing terrorist attacks in the West Bank to leave the country.

According to Channel 10, the Ankara government, which has been sympathetic to Islamist organizations like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, agreed to Salah Aruri's ouster, which was one of Washington's prerequisites for Turkey's entry into the Western coalition against the Islamic State.

Salah Aruri, a top Hamas operative who was released from an Israeli prison a few years ago, is in charge of rebuilding the Hamas infrastructure in the West Bank a year after Israeli security forces dismantled it prior to the war in Gaza.


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