Khaled Mashaal
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Hamas officials urge Mashaal against retirement

London's Al-Hayat reports top Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades mission meets Hamas Politburo chief in Cairo, asks him to reconsider stepping down

Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal met with top Hamas military wing delegates in Cairo on Thursday.


According to the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, the mission, headed by Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades Chief Ahmed Jabari and his deputy Marwan Issa, urged Mashaal not to step down.


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The Politburo chief had recently announced that he will not seek another term as Hamas' political leader, sprouting a torrent of rumors as to his possible successor.


Still, earlier in the week, London's Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported that Masshal had a change of heart and the he will "definitely continue to serve as Hamas' politburo chief."


The report said that members of Hamas' Shura Council, who convened in Khartoum three weeks ago, refused Mashaal's request to step down.


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