Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip have reported that the Hamas government in the coastal region prevented Mahmoud Zahar, one of the political leaders of Hamas, from travelling, as he and a delegation he heads were trying to cross into Egypt on their way to Lebanon and Iran.The sources said that Zahar, and 22 Hamas officials, were stopped by the Palestinian Security Forces of Hamas at the Palestinian side of the Rafah Border terminal between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, the Radio Bethlehem 2000 have reported.
Zahar wanted to visit Iran to congratulate the new president-elect, Hasan Rohani.
Last week, the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement issued a statement ‚Äúdemanding the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party to withdraw its fighters from Syria‚ÄĚ.
Zahar said that the statement was not issued by the Hamas movement in Gaza, and added that the Hamas leadership in exile, led by Khaled Mashal, was behind it.
Hezbollah supported by Iran, sides with Syrian President, Bashar Assad, and repeatedly demanded an end to violence in Syria.