Qatar: Adept but controversial broker in Israel-Hamas war
05 November 2023 | 1:09 pm
Qatar holds an important position of influence over Hamas, a designated terrorist entity, whose political headquarters it has housed for more than a decade. Some question its legitimacy as mediator in the Israel-Hamas war.
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