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Despite Signing Anti-Terror Deal, Qatar Still Backs Hamas

It is being reported that the tiny Arab nation of Qatar - infamous for its funding of such terrorist groups as Hezbhollah, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban - has signed a pact with the U.S. to counter terrorism. However, The Times of Israel reports, the Qatari government has vowed to continue its support of Hamas:

A Qatari envoy said the energy-rich nation will continue development projects in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, despite a rift with its Gulf neighbors stemming in part from its ties with the Palestinian terror group.

The comment by Mohammed El-Amadi came as the US signed an agreement with Doha to boost counter-terrorism efforts.

El-Amadi spoke Tuesday as he signed a new agreement with a Palestinian contractor to build eight residential buildings.

Qatar has been the largest single donor to Gaza over the past five years, disbursing about a half billion dollars for housing, reconstruction, infrastructure development, and health projects.

In addition to being the largest financial patron to the Hamas-ruled Gaza, Qatar has hosted senior Hamas officials on its soil...

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