Hamas official rejects report of expulsions from Qatar

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal

Story highlights

  • A senior Hamas official denies reports that the group's political leader was expelled from Qatar
  • Earlier, sources close to Hamas told CNN the expulsions were happening

(CNN)Senior Hamas official Izzat Risheq denied reports Monday that the group's political leader Khaled Meshaal has been expelled from Qatar.

Earlier Monday, sources close to Hamas told CNN that Meshaal and members of the Muslim Brotherhood were expelled from Qatar, and were most likely on the way to Turkey.
    Risheq, speaking from Qatar, said that was not true.
    The Qatari government has not commented.
    Saudi Arabia has been working to improve relations between Qatar and Egypt.
    Qatar supports the Muslim Brotherhood; Hamas is an extension of the group. Egypt removed the Islamist organization from power in 2013.