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Gaza fighting kills 15, injures 20

JERUSALEM, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- At least 15 Palestinian militants and civilians were killed in Israeli attacks Tuesday in Gaza City and an Ecuadorian farm volunteer was killed by a sniper.

Hamas: No pre-summit attacks on Israel

GAZA, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A top Hamas leader said Saturday his organization has no plans to attack Israel before this year's Middle Eastern peace summit in Annapolis, Md.

Hamas warns off Fatah in West Bank

GAZA, June 21 (UPI) -- A prominent Hamas leader in Gaza said rival Fatah militants can expect a fight if they continue attacking Hamas facilities in the West Bank.

Saudi Arabia pledges Palestinian aid

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 18 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia announced plans Tuesday to donate $92 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas may be ready to live with neighbors

GAZA, April 5 (UPI) -- The Hamas-led Palestinian government has said Palestinians want to live "side by side" with their neighbors.

Hamas official calls for end to Israel

GAZA, April 2 (UPI) -- A top Palestinian leader has called for an end to Israel, replaced by an Islamic state that would welcome all religions.

Car bomb kills Palestinian militant

GAZA, April 1 (UPI) -- A car bomb that killed Palestinian militant Abu Youssef al-Quqa in Gaza sparked reprisals that led to three more deaths, a report said Saturday.

Hamas ready to talk to all except Israel

GAZA, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Hamas, the militant group which won Palestinian elections in January, seems willing to negotiate with anybody, including the United States, but not Israel.

Hamas decides on prime minister choice

GAZA, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Hamas, the new Palestinian ruling party, reportedly has decided on Ismail Haniyeh as its candidate for prime minister. A report in the Saudi-based Asharq Al Awsat newspaper says Hamas leaders in exile and in the Palestinian terroitories prefer Haniyeh ove

U.S. calls Mohammed cartoon offensive

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- As Muslims across the world protest what they see as blasphemous cartoons, the United States called the drawings offensive and Hamas played down violence.

Abbas pledges to continue peace process

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that he will meet with Hamas in the next two weeks to discuss the next government.

Hamas leader says Israel truce possible

GAZA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Monday a long-term truce with Israel is possible if Israel retreats to its pre-1967 borders and releases Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas facing budget deficit, critics

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- In the afterglow of Hamas' victory in Palestinian elections, leaders are now dealing with a burgeoning budget problem and international distrust.

Hamas hints at coalition with Fatah

GAZA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar hinted Wednesday during Palestinian parliamentary elections he would consider a coalition with the ruling Fatah Party.

Campaigning stops before Palestinian vote

JERUSALEM, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Campaigning for the Palestinian elections stopped by law Tuesday, a day before voters decide between the incumbent Fatah movement and militant Hamas faction.
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Mahmoud Zahar
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar (C) sits inside the Palestinian parliament in Gaza City on February 18, 2006. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told the new Hamas-dominated parliament that he would continue working towards a negotiated Middle East peace agreement while urging Israel and the international community not to "punish" voters for their democratic choice. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad). .
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Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945) is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip. Since the formation of the Hamas/"Change and Reform" government in the Palestinian National Authority in March 2006, al-Zahar has served as foreign minister in the government of prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. Prior to that he was seen as a major candidate among the Hamas members elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council for prime minister, as he was at that time the most senior official within the organization. al-Zahar's son, a member of the Hamas military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in an Israeli raid in Gaza on January 5, 2008.

Little is known about al-Zahar's early life beyond the report that he was born to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother.

At the age of 26, he graduated from the Cairo University Faculty of Medicine and five years later he got his Masters Degree in General Surgery from Ain Shams University, Cairo. He then became the adviser to the Palestinian Health Minister, and helped create the Palestinian Medical Society and was one of the primary founders of the Islamic University in Gaza in 1978.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mahmoud Zahar."
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