Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal
Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal

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A senior Hamas official denies reports that the group's political leader was expelled from Qatar

Earlier, sources close to Hamas told CNN the expulsions were happening

CNN —  

Senior Hamas official Izzat Risheq denied reports Monday that the group’s political leader Khaled Meshaal has been expelled from Qatar.

Earlier Monday, sources close to Hamas told CNN that Meshaal and members of the Muslim Brotherhood were expelled from Qatar, and were most likely on the way to Turkey.

Risheq, speaking from Qatar, said that was not true.

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The Qatari government has not commented.

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