Palestine’s Hamas urges Arab states stop aiding UAE with normalization deal
Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has urged Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates to halt helping the United Arab Emirates (UAE) implementing the US-brokered normalization agreement with Israeli regime.
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Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem made the remarks on Friday after Bahrain and Saudi Arabia opened their airspaces to flights between Israel and the UAE, shortening the route length and making flights less costly.
Qassem said that backing the UAE in implementing the deal would embolden Israel in carrying out its expansionist policies in the region.
All countries should ban the UAE from implementing the normalization accord, he told the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
US President Donald Trump said on August 13 that Israel and the UAE had reached a deal to normalize their relations.
Bahrain’s state news agency BNA on Thursday quoted an official source at the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications as saying that the country would "allow all flights" coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates” to all destinations to cross over Bahraini territory.
The move came a day after Saudi Arabia’s aviation authority opened the country's airspace to all flights to and from the UAE.
The first direct flight between Israel and the UAE was conducted on Monday through Saudi airspace.
Palestinians have denounced the UAE-Israel deal as a betrayal of the Palestinian nation and the Palestinian cause.