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Fatah angered by Hamas talks with Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Reports of negotiations between Hamas and Israel have angered Fatah officials, who charge the group is not authorized to hold such talks, officials say.
Abbas to visit Gaza; first time since 2007

Abbas to visit Gaza; first time since 2007

GAZA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza for the first time in more than five years to try to heal the dispute between his Fatah Party and Hamas, officials said.
Israeli army doctors visit Shalit's home

Israeli army doctors visit Shalit's home

MITZPE HILA, Israel, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Israeli military doctors went to Gilad Shalit's home Wednesday after learning the soldier felt ill during his exchange for Palestinian prisoners a day earlier.

Hamas: No release for Shalit

JERUSALEM, June 26 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Hamas group holding an Israeli soldier for five years said Sunday he won't be released until Israel releases jailed Palestinians.
Hamas says no to recognition of Israel

Hamas says no to recognition of Israel

GAZA CITY, Gaza, May 11 (UPI) -- A Hamas official says the militant group will never recognize Israel as it would deprive future Palestinian generations of the right to "liberate the land."

Killing of Italian in Gaza enrages Hamas

GAZA, April 16 (UPI) -- Hamas is likely to crack down hard on radical Islamic splinter groups after the murder of an Italian pro-Palestinian activist, officials say.

Hamas blames Israel for collapse of talks

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A senior Hamas official has warned that talks with Israel over a prisoner exchange to free a captured Israeli soldier have collapsed.

Hamas: Shalit not visited by doctors

GAZA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Mahmoud Zahar, described as a strongman for the Palestinian militant group Hamas, says doctors have not visited abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Hamas: Rockets won't stop

Hamas: Rockets won't stop

GAZA, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A senior Hamas official says the Palestinian militant group has no intention of ending its rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.
Hamas slams Fatah prisoner release

Hamas slams Fatah prisoner release

JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Hamas gave a cold shoulder Tuesday to Israel's plan to release 200 prisoners from rival Fatah.

Hamas: Rocket launchers will be arrested

GAZA CITY, Gaza, June 28 (UPI) -- Hamas leaders in Gaza said Saturday that anyone caught firing rockets into Israel will be arrested.

Hamas leaders in Egypt to meet Carter

CAIRO, April 16 (UPI) -- Two senior Hamas leaders arrived in Cairo Wednesday, hoping to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the militant Palestinian group said.

Egypt closes border to Gaza Strip

JERUSALEM, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Security forces Sunday closed the Egyptian border with the Gaza Strip, ending 11 days of Palestinian movement.

Analysis: President Bush's Herculean task

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- President Bush said he would see a Palestinian state before his term expires. As of Jan. 21, he will have 364 days left as president, a day short of a full year.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor
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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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