Against the backdrop of a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul, Turkish sources informed the Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat that negotiations between Turkey and Hamas are underway to move the organization's headquarters from Qatar to Turkey.

Hamas is considering leaving its headquarters in Qatar amid pressure from the United States on the Gulf state over its influence on the terror group in indirect hostage-for-truce negotiations with Israel.

The Wall Street Journal notes that if Hamas leadership leaves Doha, the already faltering negotiations for the release of the kidnapped Israelis could become even more difficult.

Arab sources claim that in recent days, representatives of the Hamas politburo have been in contact with at least two regional countries about having its leaders live there. One of these two countries is Oman, although its representatives have declined to comment.