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Syria slams Hamas chief, ex-ally

Most of group’s leaders abandoned Damascus, backed rebels

Posted: October 3, 2012 at 5:33 a.m.

Free Syrian Army soldier scans for Syrian Army troops in Saif al Dawle district in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

State television in Syria issued a withering attack late Monday on a longtime ally, the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, addressing him as if he were an ungrateful child, saying he was having a “romantic emotional crisis” over the Syrian uprising and accusing him of selling out “resistance for power.” The extraordinary reproof, a departure from the blander tone of most Syrian official statements, was the government’s first broadside against Hamas since the organization distanced itself from embattled President Bashar Assad earlier this year, when most Hamas leaders left their refuge in Damascus and shuttered their office there.

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