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Hamas urges Bahrain, Saudi Arabia to stop helping UAE implement deal with Israel

Israeli adviser on security Meir Ben-Shabbat elbow-bumps with an Emirati official ahead of boarding a plane before leaving Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on September 1, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

The Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas has called on Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to stop helping the United Arab Emirates (UAE) implement its normalization deal with Israel, which would embolden the Israeli regime to “commit more crimes.”

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.

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