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Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

Israeli airstrike in Gaza targets Hamas commander

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Israel suspended negotiations and renewed airstrikes in Gaza overnight Tuesday, responding to a burst of Hamas rocket fire that broke nearly six days of calm.
Gabrielle Levy
Rocket fire breaks latest Gaza truce

Rocket fire breaks latest Gaza truce

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Three rockets were fired into southern Israel from Gaza Tuesday, the Israeli military said, interrupting the latest cease-fire agreement.
Ed Adamczyk
Israel demolishes homes of West Bank murder suspects

Israel demolishes homes of West Bank murder suspects

HEBRON, West Bank, Aug. 18 (UPI) --The Hebron, West Bank, homes of two of the three Palestinians suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June were demolished Monday.
Ed Adamczyk
As Gaza truce winds down, no progress in negotiations

As Gaza truce winds down, no progress in negotiations

CAIRO , Aug. 18 (UPI) --Israeli and Palestinian negotiators remain far apart Monday as a five-day truce in Gaza is about to expire.
Ed Adamczyk
Palestinian negotiator: Israel must be held accountable for alleged war crimes

Palestinian negotiator: Israel must be held accountable for alleged war crimes

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 15 (UPI) --Palestinian leaders are prepared to take Israel to international court over alleged "war crimes," a veteran Palestinian diplomat said.
Ed Adamczyk
Al Gore sues Al Jazeera over $500 million Current TV sale that launched AJA

Al Gore sues Al Jazeera over $500 million Current TV sale that launched AJA

WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 15 (UPI) --Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera, saying it's withholding money promised from sale of Current TV.
Matt Bradwell
Palestinian couple marries at U.N. shelter in Gaza

Palestinian couple marries at U.N. shelter in Gaza

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Despite over a month of deadly conflict between Hamas and Israel, one couple decided to move forward with their wedding plans.
JC Finley
Cease-fire extension between Israel and Hamas holds despite violence

Cease-fire extension between Israel and Hamas holds despite violence

CAIRO, Aug. 14 (UPI) --A five-day cease-fire has taken hold between Israel and Hamas despite the exchange of rocket fire Wednesday night.
Aileen Graef
Italian journalist killed in Gaza

Italian journalist killed in Gaza

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza, Aug. 13 (UPI) --An Italian journalist became first foreign media member killed in the Gaza conflict when a bomb disposal crew failed to dismantle unexploded Israeli ordnance.
Gabrielle Levy
Amal Alamuddin declines U.N. request to investigate war crimes in Gaza

Amal Alamuddin declines U.N. request to investigate war crimes in Gaza

LONDON, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin declined an offer from the U.N. to investigate the alleged human rights violations in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Aileen Graef
Gaza uses truce to rebuild

Gaza uses truce to rebuild

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Residents of Gaza are hurriedly taking advantage of a three-day truce between Hamas and Israel to rebuild whatever they can of their land.
Ed Adamczyk
Israeli military prepares for post-truce action

Israeli military prepares for post-truce action

ASHDOD, Israel, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon urged vigilance and preparation Tuesday, as the three-day truce in Gaza is set to expire Wednesday.
Ed Adamczyk
No progress in Gaza peace talks, Israeli official says

No progress in Gaza peace talks, Israeli official says

CAIRO, Aug. 12 (UPI) --A senior Israeli official said peace talks in Cairo between Israel and Hamas have thus far yielded no breakthrough.
Ed Adamczyk
Palestinians, Israel agree on new 72-hour truce

Palestinians, Israel agree on new 72-hour truce

GAZA, Aug. 10 (UPI) --Palestinians and Israelis agree to a three-day cease-fire set to begin midnight Sunday.
Danielle haynes
Mosque in Gaza struck in Israeli airstrike

Mosque in Gaza struck in Israeli airstrike

GAZA, Aug. 9 (UPI) --Israeli airstrike destroys the Qassam Mosque in Gaza, killing at least three people.
Danielle Haynes
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Exiled Leader of Hamas Khaled Mashaal speaks in the Egyptian capital Cairo on May 4, 2011. The rival factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation accord in Cairo after reaching common ground against Israeli occupation and peace efforts. Mashaal said they had a 'common goal; a Palestinian state with full sovereignty on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital'. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the reconciliation between the factions as a 'blow to peace', but the US declined to make any comment. UPI\ Mohammed Hosam
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Hamas (حماس Ḥamās, an acronym of حركة المقاومة الاسلامية Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamat al-Islāmiyyah, meaning "Islamic Resistance Movement") is the Palestinian Islamic or Islamist political party that governs the Gaza Strip. Hamas also has a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Since June 2007 Hamas has governed the Gaza portion of the Palestinian Territories, after it won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament in the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections and then defeated the Fatah political organization in a series of violent clashes. The European Union, the United States, Canada, Israel and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization, while the United Nations and nations such as Russia, Turkey, and Switzerland do not.

Based largely on the principles of Islamic fundamentalism gaining momentum throughout the Arab world in the 1980s, Hamas was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Co-founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated in 1987 and the Hamas Charter affirmed in 1988 that Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. However, in July 2009, Khaled Meshal, Hamas's Damascus-based political bureau chief, said the organization was willing to cooperate with "a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict which included a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders," provided that Palestinian refugees hold the right to return to Israel and that East Jerusalem be the new nation's capital. Some experts and advocacy groups believe that the Hamas Charter and statements by some Hamas leaders display the influence of antisemitic conspiracy theories, while Hamas officials describe its conflict with Israel as political and not religious.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the Hamas affiliated military wing, has launched attacks with both military and civilian victims. Tactics have included rocket attacks and, from 1993 to 2008, suicide bombings. Military targets included Israeli and Egyptian outposts and border crossings and rival Palestinian militias in the occupied territories.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Hamas."
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