UK media: Britain to ban Hamas as terrorist organisation
Britain decided to ban on Friday Palestinian militant group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, according to British media reports.
The Guardian stated the organisation will be proscribed under the Terrorism Act and that anyone expressing support for Hamas, flying its flag or arranging meetings for the organisation would be in breach of the law.
The Times clarified that Home Secretary Priti Patel would announced the move in Washington and present it to parliament next week.
This move would make Britain deals with the United States, Israel and the European Union, which all designate Gaza-based Hamas as a terrorist organisation. Until now, Britain has banned only its military wing — the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed UK reports of the decision.
He stated via Twitter post, "Hamas is a terrorist organization, simply put."