Palestinians announce deal on government

Palestinians announce deal on government

JERUSALEM, April 23 (UPI) -- The Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas announced the formation of a unity government, in preparation for electioons at the end of the year.
Ed Adamczyk
Hamas frees 7 Fatah prisoners, allows members to return to Gaza

Hamas frees 7 Fatah prisoners, allows members to return to Gaza

GAZA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Hamas officials in Gaza said they freed seven imprisoned Fatah members as part of an effort to repair relations with their West Bank rival.
Gaza air war persists, ground war readied

Gaza air war persists, ground war readied

JERUSALEM, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Israel kept up its air war in Gaza Saturday as it prepared for a ground invasion and Arab leaders met to discuss the crisis.

Israelis, Arabs tied to Sudan oil conflict

JUBA, South Sudan, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The confrontation between South Sudan and its former rulers in Khartoum over oil resources is becoming linked to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Hamas prepares to welcome prisoners

GAZA, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- While Hamas begins preparations to welcome released Palestinian prisoners to Gaza, Ynetnews says new demands by the group might delay the exchange.

Facebook removes Hamas page

JERUSALEM, July 27 (UPI) -- The networking Web site Facebook removed a page dedicated to Hamas's Gaza leader Ismail Haniya, the London's al-Hayat newspaper reported.

Hamas leader regrets Gaza fighting

GAZA, June 14 (UPI) -- A senior Hamas official says he regrets the violence between his group and the rival Fatah faction, saying the bloodshed has set back the Palestinian cause.

Fatah disbelieves sincerity of Hamas talks

GAZA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Palestinian Fatah party in Gaza said he doubted the sincerity of an offer for reconciliation talks posted on a Hamas Web site.

Hamas calls for boycott of peace summit

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The former prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority has urged several Arab countries to boycott an upcoming regional peace conference.

New Palestinian cabinet sworn in

GAZA, June 17 (UPI) -- Sunday marked the first full day for the new emergency government sworn in by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Palestinian P.M. calls for end to fighting

GAZA, June 8 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya called Friday for an end to factional violence between his Hamas Party and Fatah.

Palestinians work on cease fire

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 23 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders are trying to secure a cease-fire between rival factions to calm an escalating conflict with Israel.

No sign of BBC reporter

GAZA, March 15 (UPI) -- The BBC issued a plea Thursday for information that would help locate missing Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston.

Gaza Islamists target Internet cafes

GAZA, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Fundamentalist Islamists in Gaza have begun a campaign of bombing and arson against Internet cafes, pharmacies and pool halls.

Hamas dismisses Israeli talk concessions

JERUSALEM, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Islamic faction of Hamas criticized concessions made by Israel during peace talks with the head of the Palestinian Authority.
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Ismail Haniya
Ismail Haniya, Prime Minister of the Islamist Hamas movement, is surrounded by bodyguards during his visit to the Rafah border crossing in Southern Gaza on June 27, 2009. The Rafah crossing with Egypt was opened to allow more than 100 patients, students and visa holders leave the besieged Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, an official at the crossing said. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)

Ismail Haniyeh (Arabic: إسماعيل هنية‎ Ismaʻīl Haniyya; sometimes transliterated as Ismail Haniya or Ismail Haniyah) ( Arabic pronunciation (help·info)); (born January 29, 1963) is a senior political leader of Hamas and one of two disputed Prime Ministers of the Palestinian National Authority, the matter being under political and legal dispute. He became Prime Minister after the legislative elections of 2006 which Hamas won. President Mahmoud Abbas dismissed Haniyeh from office on 14 June 2007 at the height of the Fatah-Hamas conflict, but Haniyeh did not acknowledge the decree and continues to exercise prime ministerial authority in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Legislative Council also continues to recognise his authority.

Haniyeh was born in the Al-Shati refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His parents became refugees after they fled their homes in Majdal (currently Ashkelon, Israel) during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. In 1987, he graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza with a degree in Arabic literature. In 1989, he was imprisoned for three years by Israeli authorities for participation in the First Intifada and membership with Hamas. Following his release in 1992, he was deported to Lebanon with Ahmed Yassin, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi and other senior Hamas politicians. A year later, he returned to Gaza and was appointed as Dean of the Islamic University.

After Ahmed Yassin, Hamas' spiritual leader, was released from prison in 1997, Haniyeh was appointed to head his office. He was targeted by the Israel Defense Forces for his alleged involvement in attacks against Israeli citizens. Following a suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 2003, he was slightly injured on his hand by an Israeli Air Force bomb attack attempting to eliminate the Hamas leadership. His position within Hamas continued to strengthen during the Second Intifada due to his relationship with Yassin, and because of the assassinations of much of the Hamas leadership by the Israeli security forces. In December 2005, Haniyeh was elected to head the Hamas list, which won the Legislative Council elections the following month.

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