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Israel bombs Gaza's only power plant as Netanyahu promises 'prolonged campaign'

Israel bombs Gaza's only power plant as Netanyahu promises 'prolonged campaign'

GAZA, July 29 (UPI) --Gaza's only power station was destroyed by Israeli missiles Tuesday, the latest in the increasingly volatile conflict between the Israeli government and Hamas.
Matt Bradwell
Playground, hospital hit as Gaza war escalates

Playground, hospital hit as Gaza war escalates

JERUSALEM, July 28 (UPI) --Explosions at a Palestinian playground and near a Gaza City hospital ended an informal pause in hostilities in Gaza Monday.
Ed Adamczyk
U.N. secretary-general calls on Hamas and Israel to address 'root cause' of conflict

U.N. secretary-general calls on Hamas and Israel to address 'root cause' of conflict

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --The U.N. secretary-general, back from Mideast peace negotiations, called "for an immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" between Israel and Hamas.
JC Finley
U.N. Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire

U.N. Security Council calls for 'immediate and unconditional' Mideast cease-fire

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) --The U.N. Security Council issued a statement early Monday calling for an "immediate and unconditional" humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
JC Finley
Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce; U.N. appealing to Israel

Hamas agrees to 24-hour truce; U.N. appealing to Israel

JERUSALEM, July 27 (UPI) --After initially saying no, Hamas has agreed to a 24-hour cease-fire as the United Nations appeals to Israel.
Danielle Haynes
Israel OKs 24-hour truce; Hamas considering

Israel OKs 24-hour truce; Hamas considering

GAZA, July 26 (UPI) --A 24-hour truce is under consideration by Hamas; has already been approved by Israel.
Danielle Haynes
Cease-fire extension not happening, says Hamas

Cease-fire extension not happening, says Hamas

JERUSALEM, July 26 (UPI) --Israel agrees to four-hour extension of 12-hour cease-fire, but Hamas fires rockets.
Danielle Haynes
Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour ceasefire Saturday

Israel, Hamas agree to 12-hour ceasefire Saturday

JERUSALEM, July 25 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brokers 12-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on Saturday.
Danielle Haynes
Israeli cabinet rejects Kerry's cease-fire plan

Israeli cabinet rejects Kerry's cease-fire plan

JERUSALEM, July 25 (UPI) --The Israeli cabinet Friday rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace plan in Gaza that called for a one-week humanitarian cease-fire.
Ed Adamczyk
Israeli airstrike hits U.N. shelter in Gaza, killing at least 15

Israeli airstrike hits U.N. shelter in Gaza, killing at least 15

GAZA CITY, Gaza, July 24 (UPI) --A United Nations school in Gaza, converted into a shelter, was bombed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike that killed at least 15 people, a U.N. spokesman said.
Ed Adamczyk
Explosions in Gaza, Israel seen from International Space Station

Explosions in Gaza, Israel seen from International Space Station

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 24 (UPI) --Astronauts orbiting in the International Space Station witness the rocket fire and explosions in Israel and Gaza.
Brooks Hays
Hamas calls FAA travel ban into Israel 'a great victory'

Hamas calls FAA travel ban into Israel 'a great victory'

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Hamas says FAA ban on U.S. airlines travel to Tel Aviv is a victory and serves to isolate Israel from the rest of the world.
Danielle Haynes
Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban

Michael Bloomberg flies to Israel to protest FAA ban

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) --Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Tel Aviv Tuesday to protest the FAA ban on U.S. flights to Israel, arguing that it is perfectly safe.
Aileen Graef
U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

U.N.: Israeli actions in Gaza may be war crimes

UNITED NATIONS, July 23 (UPI) --Israel's military actions in Gaza could amount to war crimes, Navi Pillay, the United Nations' top human rights official, told the Human Rights Council.
Ed Adamczyk
In response to FAA travel ban on Tel Aviv airport, Israel reopens southern airport

In response to FAA travel ban on Tel Aviv airport, Israel reopens southern airport

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 23 (UPI) --Israel announced Wednesday it would reopen an old airport in the south of the country in response to FAA concern about the safety of Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv.
JC Finley
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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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