Ismail Haniyeh

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Key Hamas Targets Hit by Heaviest Shelling Yet

Bombardment takes out territory's only power station

(Newser) - Israeli aircraft, tanks, and navy gunboats targeted symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City early today in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a "prolonged" campaign in Gaza . The overnight strikes hit the home of Ismail... More »

Who’s Not Happy That bin Laden’s Dead?

Hamas blasts 'killing of an Arab holy warrior'

(Newser) - Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death is pouring in from around the world—and not everybody's cheering, Reuters reports:
  • Hamas: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the group’s leader in the Gaza Strip. “We regard
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The West Warms to Hamas, But Israel Stays Cold

Even the US promotes contact with the radial Islamist party

(Newser) - The West may be warming to talks with Palestine's radical Hamas party, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The EU is promoting them, and Washington has nudged Egypt to spark Israel-Hamas dialogue, although Jerusalem remains staunchly opposed. "Whoever invites us to negotiate with Hamas is actually inviting us to negotiate... More »

Fatah, Hamas Unite for Ramadan

Despite shared start date for holy month, tensions still run high

(Newser) - Ramadan this year will mark a brief expression of unity for the rival Palestinian governments of Hamas, in Gaza, and Fatah, in the West Bank. The holy month begins today or tomorrow—and deciding the date can cause tension between factions across the Muslim world, the AP reports. And despite... More »

Captors Threaten to Kill Kidnapped BBC Reporter

Video shows Johnston wearing explosive belt

(Newser) - A newly released video shows kidnapped BBC reporter Alan Johnston wearing an explosive belt that his captors say will be detonated if a rescue attempt is made. The video deflates hope that Hamas would be able to negotiate Johnston's release after taking control of the chaotic Gaza strip. Johnston's family... More »

Abbas Names New PM, Asks for Gov't

During eerie calm in Gaza, rivals claim post; Hamas extends amnesty

(Newser) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has asked a former finance minister to form an emergency government, hours after the Hamas-Fatah coalition authority collapsed. Salam Fayyad, an independent legislator, will have to contend with Hamas' Ismail Hayineh, who still lays a claim to the PM's office. More »

Israeli Air Strike Hits Near Palestinian PM's home

Increases tension between factions

(Newser) - An Israeli air strike hit near the Gaza home of Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh  today. The Israeli military said that Haniyeh was not the target, though an official said earlier this week that any Hamas leader—including Haniyeh—rmight be attacked if rocket strikes on Israel continue. More »

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