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
Israel treats Hamas PM's granddaughter

Israel treats Hamas PM's granddaughter

GAZA, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Israel agreed to treat the 1-year-old granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza for a rare malady but was unable to help her, officials said.

U.N. human rights chief urges Hamas to cancel planned executions

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The U. N. human rights chief expressed concern Wednesday about scheduled executions in the Gaza Strip and urged Hamas authorities to cancel them.
Egypt cancels Turkey PM's Gaza visit

Egypt cancels Turkey PM's Gaza visit

CAIRO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Egypt canceled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the Gaza Strip because of his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, officials said.

Erdogan to go ahead with Gaza visit

GAZA, June 27 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit the Gaza Strip next week, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh told visiting Turkish officials.

Meshaal likely Hamas leader for 4th term

CAIRO, April 1 (UPI) -- Khaled Meshaal will likely remain Hamas' political leader in Gaza despite having indicated he would not seek another term, sources told Ma'an News Agency.

Israel fears for Tunisian Jews

JERUSALEM, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Israel has asked the international community to press the Tunisian government to protect members of the Jewish community, Israeli officials said.

Fatah prepares for Gaza rally

GAZA, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Preparations are under way for a Fatah rally in Gaza, marking the group's 48th anniversary, Palestinian officials said.
Fatah to have Gaza celebration

Fatah to have Gaza celebration

GAZA, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Hamas officials have approved Gaza's al-Saraya square as a site for celebrations marking the 48th anniversary of Fatah.
Hamas leader vows to continue jihad

Hamas leader vows to continue jihad

GAZA, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, marking the group's 25th anniversary with his first visit to Gaza, told a massive rally Saturday "jihad is the way to liberation."

Hamas official: Armed struggle needed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Armed struggle against Israel is the only way for Palestinians to achieve statehood, said Osama Hamdan, a Hamas official in Beirut.
Israel eases up some restrictions in Gaza

Israel eases up some restrictions in Gaza

JERUSALEM, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Days after a truce between Israel and Hamas, Israel eased up restrictions on Gaza fishermen while Hamas officials vowed to rearm with weapons from Iran.

Tense calm prevails in Israel, Gaza

JERUSALEM, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A tense calm prevailed in southern Israel less than 24 hours after the Egyptian brokered cease-fire.
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.
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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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