April 5, 2013
At the start of the civil war in Syria, Bashar Assad was a man with many friends and allies: Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas among them.
The Islamic republic maintains its support of Assad, while planning ahead for a post-Assad Syria, Nassrallah’s Hezbollah continues to cooperate in spite of criticism from Lebanon – but Hamas has changed sides.
The London times revealed Friday that the Gaza-based terror group is not only supporting the rebels cause, but its military wing is now training fighters from the Free Syrian Army in eastern Damascus.
Diplomatic sources told the Times that the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades were training FSA units in the rebel-held neighbourhoods of Yalda, Jaramana and Babbila. This new development confirms that Hamas has completely cut the cord with the Syrian regime – which had previously hosted senior Hamas operatives – and adopted Qatar as its new patron.