Hamas leadership considers relocating from Qatar amid US pressure

DOHA, Qatar — Hamas is contemplating a move from Qatar as the Biden administration intensifies pressure on the Qatari government to advance cease-fire negotiations, which are likely to fail, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reported that relocating Hamas’s leadership could jeopardize the release of dozens of Israeli hostages and disrupt fragile negotiations, complicating US and Israeli efforts to communicate with the group. Hamas leaders have been based in Doha since 2012 under an arrangement supported by the US.

This development occurs as talks between Hamas and Israel remain stalled, with tensions in the Middle East escalating following recent direct confrontations between Israel and Iran.