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IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner is asked about attacks on refugee camps, he says ‘we are instructing people to evacuate’ to get people “out of harms way”.

Hamas Qatar office in spotlight as Gaza war intensifies

The spiralling conflict in Gaza has put Qatar’s hosting of a Hamas office under close scrutiny and could force a re-evaluation of ties between the Gulf state and the Palestinian militants, analysts say.

Middle East analyst Andreas Krieg, who was based in Qatar between 2013 and 2016, said Doha, would have to “push back” in its relationship with Hamas.

“I think there is a realisation that something’s got to give in terms of that relationship, depending on what the USA administration are requesting,” Krieg said.

Hamas militants stormed into Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7, killing at least 1,400 people and taking hostage some 200 more, according to Israeli officials.

In Gaza, more than 3,700 Palestinians have been killed in relentless Israeli bombardments in retaliation for the attacks, according to the latest toll from the Hamas-run health ministry.

Qatar has been engaged in intense diplomacy behind the scenes and has been linked to negotiations for a prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas because of its open channels with the militant group.

But as Israel has pounded Gaza with the stated aim of obliterating Hamas, Qatar’s close ally the United States has looked to squeeze the Islamist group.

On Wednesday, Washington sanctioned 10 Hamas operatives it said had been involved in financing and facilitating Hamas in Gaza, Turkey and Algeria, including Ahmad ‘Abd Al-Dayim Nasrallah, a senior official based in Qatar.

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