Qatar threatens Hamas with expulsion, asset freeze, arrest, report

Qatar and Egypt recently threatened senior Hamas leaders with arrests, asset freezes, sanctions and expulsion from Doha if they did not accept a deal to release the hostages in exchange for an end to the war, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, following a similar report on CNN.

Mohamed al Hindi, a senior member of Islamic Jihad, denied that there had been any threats. in a report in the Saudi magazine Al Majalla.

The threats came at the direction of the Biden administration, which is seeking a ceasefire agreement. In a phone call on Monday, Biden called on Qatar's leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani to “use all appropriate means to reach an agreement with Hamas,” a White House statement said.

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Hamas still rejects the deal, which does not guarantee an end to the war in the first phase. CIA chief William Burns called on Qatari and Egyptian officials to assure Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas's political bureau, that the mediating countries would guarantee that negotiations to end the fighting would begin in the third week of the first phase and that terms would be agreed by the fifth week.

Haniyeh reportedly rejected the proposal, saying Hamas would only agree to the deal if Israel committed to a permanent ceasefire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly stated that Israel would not agree to an end to the war. This led to the threats against Hamas.

This is not the first time Qatar has threatened to expel the terror group's leaders, who have lived in the Gulf state for the past decade. In March, senior Qatari politicians warned Hamas officials that they could be expelled if they rejected a ceasefire agreement. But according to CNN, that warning has now become a credible threat.

“They know that Qatar would have no choice but to expel them if the government asked them to,” a senior official involved in the talks told the Wall Street Journal.