Hamas officials leave Qatar at country’s request

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, left, and Gaza's Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, right, arrive for a cornerstone-laying ceremony for Hamad, a new residential neighborhood in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, October 23, 2012. AP/Mohammed Salem.

Following the the decision of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen to severe their ties with Qatar on Monday, a number of top Hamas officials have left Qatar at the country’s request, Haaretz reported.

The Palestinian officials have moved to a number of countries, including Lebanon, Malaysia and Turkey.

Lebanon-based news channel Al Mayadeen reported that a senior Qatari official said that the Qataris were not enthusiastic supporters of the decision but had been pressured from abroad.