Hamas condemns Charlie Hebdo attack

Hamas condemns Charlie Hebdo attack
People hold pictures of late deputy chief editor Bernard Maris (L), late cartoonists Georges Wolinski (back), Tignous (c) and Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, during a rally in front of the French consulate on January 10, 2015, in Istanbul.

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Palestinian Islamist group Hamas condemned Saturday the killing of 12 people in a shooting attack this week on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's offices by two French Islamists.

A statement in French said Hamas "condemns the attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine and insists on the fact that differences of opinion and thought cannot justify murder."

It also rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, in which he compared the Paris attack to Hama firing rockets from the Gaza Strip at civilians in Israel.

"Hamas condemns the desperate attempts by... Netanyahu to make a connection between our movement and the resistance of our people on the one hand and global terrorism on the other," it said.

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