Hamas recently opened offices in Algeria, official says

Hamas recently opened offices in Algeria, official says

Senior terror group leader says HQ operating in moderate North African country with Algiers’s blessing

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

Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk (photo credit: AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk (photo credit: AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Hamas recently opened up official offices in the Algerian capital, Algiers, a senior leader from the terror group revealed on Sunday.

Moussa Abu Marzouk told the Algerian news channel el-Bilad that Hamas has “new-old” offices in Algiers, publicly acknowledging the headquarters for the first time.

The Hamas leader said the offices were opened with the blessing of the Algerian authorities. He did not specify when the offices were opened.

The Islamist terror group kept its main offices in Damascus until 2012, when war and political upheaval forced the group’s political leadership to move to Qatar. Hamas also keeps official offices in Turkey.

Leaders of the Islamist movement have visited the North African country in the past.

An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated Hamas had opened offices in Tunisia rather than in Alergia.

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