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Leader says Hamas agrees in writing to support Palestinian bid at International Criminal Court

  • A Palestinian boy, along with supporters of Hamas, holds a representation of a rocket as others shout slogans to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian boy, along with supporters of Hamas, holds a representation of a rocket as others shout slogans to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A ball of fire rises following an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The airstrike came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay a ``heavy price’’ for the killing of a 4-year-old boy by a mortar shell fired from Gaza earlier Friday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A ball of fire rises following an Israeli air strike on a building in Gaza, in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The airstrike came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay a ``heavy price’’ for the killing of a 4-year-old boy by a mortar shell fired from Gaza earlier Friday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hits Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The air strike came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay a ``heavy price’’ for the killing of a 4-year-old boy by a mortar shell fired from Gaza earlier Friday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hits Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The air strike came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas would pay a ``heavy price’’ for the killing of a 4-year-old boy by a mortar shell fired from Gaza earlier Friday. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)  (The Associated Press)

A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel — as well as Hamas — to war crimes investigations.

Moussa Abu Marzouk wrote on his Facebook page early Saturday that "Hamas has signed the paper" of support Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas requested before joining the court.

Hamas official Izzat Rishq confirmed the document was signed. Abu Marzouk's post was reported on Hamas news websites. There was no comment from Abbas aides.

Abbas has weighed joining the court, but linked it to Hamas support. Accepting its jurisdiction could lead to war crimes investigations of Israel for its actions in the Gaza war. Hamas could be investigated for its indiscriminate rocket fire at Israel.