Qatar Emir's Gaza visit boosts Hamas

Qatar Emir's Gaza visit boosts Hamas

GAZA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- In the first visit by a head of state to Gaza since Hamas took control, the emir of Qatar pledged to double funds earmarked for construction.

Hamas, PA trade jabs over economy

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Authority Saturday said Hamas was using protests over the economy to stir up trouble against the government.

Iran opens NAM Summit, urges U.N. reforms

TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iran's foreign minister said Sunday the United Nations needs a major overhaul in order to carry out its mission of preserving world peace.

Hamas seeks to strengthen ties with Egypt

GAZA, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Hamas wants to enhance security cooperation with Egypt and protect shared borders, the prime minister of the militant Palestinian organization said.

Israel treats Hamas PM's relative

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The brother-in-law of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh recently underwent heart surgery at an Israeli hospital, officials said.

Hamas frees prisoners for Ramadan

GAZA, July 21 (UPI) -- The Hamas government in Gaza freed 159 prisoners Saturday to mark the beginning of the Ramadan holy month, officials said.

Hamas: Israel wants to split Palestinians

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Monday Israel "wants to split the Palestinian people in two" through its Gaza Strip blockade.
Shalit freed; calls family

Shalit freed; calls family

RAFAH, Gaza, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was on Israeli soil Tuesday for the first time since he was captured by Hamas five years ago.
Hamas condemns bin Laden killing

Hamas condemns bin Laden killing

GAZA, May 2 (UPI) -- Hamas officials in Gaza Monday condemned the U.S. attack that killed al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden.
Abbas prepares for Gaza visit

Abbas prepares for Gaza visit

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 18 (UPI) -- Preparations are under way for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to visit the Gaza Strip to try to form a unity government with Hamas, officials said.
Hamas appoints new government

Hamas appoints new government

GAZA, March 10 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has been named by party officials to head a new government in Gaza.
Haniyeh: Hamas will never recognize Israel

Haniyeh: Hamas will never recognize Israel

GAZA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Hamas will never recognize Israel, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told thousands gathered in Gaza to mark the movement's 23rd anniversary.

Hamas to block Israeli deportations

GAZA, April 23 (UPI) -- The Hamas leadership says it will not allow Palestinians deported by Israel from the West Bank to enter Gaza.

Hamas: Won't respect three-way deals

GAZA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Hamas won't respect any three-way agreements made by the Palestinian Authority, Israel and the United States, the militant group's prime minister says.

Egypt opens Rafah border crossing

RAFAH, Gaza, June 27 (UPI) -- Saturdays opening of the Rafah border crossing allowed about 5,000 Palestinians to travel from Gaza into Egypt for food and other supplies, Hamas officials say.
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Ismail Haniyeh
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (L) shakes hands with members of a soccer team before a match in Gaza City, on April 24, 2006.(UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad)

Ismail Haniyeh (Arabic: إسماعيل هنية‎, Ismaʻīl Haniyya; sometimes transliterated as Ismail Haniya, 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 exiled 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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