Israeli jets hit Hamas target, killing 1

Israeli jets hit Hamas target, killing 1

JERUSALEM, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Israeli fighter jets struck Hamas targets in Gaza Wednesday, killing one gunman in retaliation for Palestinian rocket volleys into Israel, officials said.

Fatah suspected in deadly Gaza blast

GAZA, July 26 (UPI) -- Hamas security forces are cracking down on supporters of the rival Palestinian faction Fatah after an explosion in Gaza killed six people, sources say.

Hamas leader confirms Iranian training

GAZA , March 9 (UPI) -- A top Hamas official has confirmed reports that members of the militant Palestinian political organization have received military training in Iran.

Palestinian infighting kills more than 24

GAZA, June 13 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials said more than two dozen people died in a single day as a result of fighting between rival Palestinian factions.

EU to blacklist all offshoots of Hamas

RIVA DEL GARDA, Italy, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The European Union announced it will declare all wings of the militant Palestinian group Hamas parts of a terrorist organization and freeze their assets.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (كتائب الشهيد عز الدين القسام; named after Izz ad-Din al-Qassam) is the military wing of Palestinian socio-political organisation Hamas. Created in 1992 under the direction of Yahya Ayyash, the primary objective of the group was to build a coherent military organization to support the goals of Hamas, which was at the time concerned with blocking the Oslo Accords negotiations. From 1994 to 2000, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades carried out a number of attacks against both Israeli soldiers and civilians that endangered the peace process, ultimately giving way to the "Al-Aqsa Intifada", which Hamas enthusiastically supported.

At the beginning of the Second Intifada, the group became a central target of Israel. The group's strength and its ability to carry out complex and lethal attacks surprised many observers. The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades operated several cells in the West Bank, but most of them were destroyed by 2004 following numerous Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) operations in the region. In contrast, Hamas retained a forceful presence in the Gaza Strip, generally considered its stronghold.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades is listed as a terrorist organization by the European Union, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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