Hamas condemns Manchester attack

Hamas, itself a blacklisted terrorist group, condemns "bloody onslaught" in Manchester.

Ben Ariel,

Scene of Manchester attack
Scene of Manchester attack
Reuters

Among the many who condemned Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester, Britain, was the Hamas terrorist group, itself the perpetrator of many terrorist attacks.

"We condemn the bloody onslaught against the innocent in Manchester, express solidarity with the families of the victims and the wounded in the wake of their tragedy," said senior Hamas official in Qatar, Izzat al-Rishq, according to Yediot Aharonot.

Hamas has condemned past attacks in Europe, including last July’s truck attack in Nice, France, in which 84 people were murdered.

The Nice attack, like the Manchester attack, was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group.

The group has also spoken out against the bloodshed in Syria, condemning the chemical attack in Syria's Idlib province this past April.

Hamas is seeking to improve its standing around the world, where it is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by many countries.

As part of those efforts, Hamas recently unveiled its new policy document which notably accepts the idea of a Palestinian state in territories liberated by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967, but also maintains Hamas's longstanding refusal to recognize the State of Israel.




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