Hamas invites Norway to monitor Palestinian elections
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Hamas invites Norway to monitor Palestinian elections

Norwegian Embassy in Israel says it is ‘not aware’ of offer made to Oslo’s ambassador to Palestinian territories

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh gestures to the crowd as he takes part in a rally marking the 28th anniversary of Hamas's founding, in Gaza City on December 14, 2015. (Emad Nassar/Flash90)
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh gestures to the crowd as he takes part in a rally marking the 28th anniversary of Hamas's founding, in Gaza City on December 14, 2015. (Emad Nassar/Flash90)

Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh invited Norway to help monitor upcoming municipal elections in the Palestinian territories.

The offer was made on Wednesday, during a meeting in Gaza between Haniyeh and the Norwegian ambassador to the Palestinian territories, Hans Jacob Frydenlund.

Haniyeh accused Israel of carrying out measures to influence the result of the elections, a statement on Hamas’s official website said.

The Norwegian Embassy in Israel told The Times of Israel in a tweet that it is “not aware of any such decision.”

“Generally, Norway cooperates with EU & OSCE on election observation,” the embassy said.

Haniyeh and Frydenlund discussed the municipal elections, slated for October 8, as well as other issues related to the region, the Hamas statement said.

Haniyeh also used the meeting to reiterate Hamas’s claim that it has no connection with the humanitarian aid workers recently indicted by Israel for funneling money and goods to it.

Hamas “has no ties to those who were detained,” he said.

Israel has accused three employees of different international aid agencies operating in Gaza of assisting the terror group, which has ruled Gaza since 2007.

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