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UK bans Hamas as terrorist organization – rt world news

British Home Secretary Priti Patel has acted to outlaw the Palestinian group Hamas “in its entirety”, saying it has significant capacity to commit terrorist acts and has facilities to train attackers.

In a tweet Friday, Patel declared that it had banned the Palestinian group Hamas and called it a terrorist organization, reiterating the British government’s commitment to “Tackle extremism and terrorism wherever they occur”.

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UK bans Hamas as terrorist organization – rt world news

“Hamas has a significant terrorist capacity, including access to extensive and sophisticated weapons, as well as terrorist training facilities,” she wrote.

The Home Secretary’s tweet came during her visit to Washington and followed speculation on Friday morning that she would soon ban the group.

Anticipating Patel’s announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praised the “intention” on Twitter.

“Hamas is a radical Islamic group that targets innocent Israelis and seeks to destroy Israel. I welcome the UK’s intention to declare Hamas a terrorist organization in its entirety, because that is exactly what it is. Bennett wrote, thanking the leadership of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Yair Lapid, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, also greeted the expected action against Hamas as “part of strengthening ties with Britain.”

So far, only the military wing of Hamas, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has been banned by the British government. The EU and the US have already outlawed all of Hamas.

Hamas politician Sami Abu Zuhri rejected the British move, saying it showed “An absolute bias towards the Israeli occupation and a submission to blackmail and Israeli dictations.”

In a separate statement, the group asserted that it has the right to resist the occupation by any means available, “Including armed resistance”.

Hamas took full control of Gaza in 2007, after an electoral victory in 2006.

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