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Arab Spring's derailment has Hamas on the ropes

RAMALLAH, Gaza, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Palestinian militant group Hamas has been rocked back on its heels by the turmoil in the Middle East, political analysts told The New York Times.

Hamas warns Israel against Iran strike

GAZA, March 8 (UPI) -- A senior Hamas official warned the hardline Palestinian group will retaliate "with the utmost power" if Israel strikes Iran's nuclear sites.
Hamas, Fatah to attempt reconciliation

Hamas, Fatah to attempt reconciliation

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Fatah officials will meet with Hamas politburo chief Khaled Masha'al in Damascus to discuss Palestinian unity, a Hamas official in Gaza said.
Shalit mediator arrives in Gaza

Shalit mediator arrives in Gaza

GAZA, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The mediator in talks to free kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has arrived in Gaza to talk to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, sources say.
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.
'Will never recognize Israel' Hamas says

'Will never recognize Israel' Hamas says

GAZA, May 14 (UPI) -- A senior Hamas leader in Gaza said Wednesday on the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel that the group has beaten the Jewish notion "of invincibility."

Israel firm on no talks with Hamas

JERUSALEM, April 25 (UPI) -- Israeli government officials reiterated Friday there will be no talks with Hamas leaders despite the group's declaration of a six-month truce.

Hamas minister: Move Israel to Europe

GAZA, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The foreign minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority told Germany's Der Spiegel magazine Palestinians will never recognize the state of Israel.

Palestinian P.M. denies rumors on Israel

GAZA, April 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denied rumors Friday that Hamas is willing to accept a two-state solution that recognizes Israel.

Hamas calls leaders back to Gaza

GAZA, April 25 (UPI) -- A senior Islamic Hamas leader Monday urged leaders of the militant group living abroad to return to Gaza after Israel leaves the area.

Hamas warns of cease-fire collapse

GAZA, April 15 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said Friday that his movement's agreement on a truce was conditional and has a timeline ending at the end of this year.

Fatah studies postponing elections

GAZA, April 15 (UPI) -- The Fatah movement is considering seeking a postponement of scheduled legislative elections for fear of being outpolled by Hamas, officials said Friday.

Hamas claims victory in Gaza pullout

GAZA, April 14 (UPI) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said Thursday that the planned Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip represents the "success" of militant attacks on Israel.

Hamas refuses to surrender its weapons

GAZA, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Hamas leader Monday rejected PLO Chairman Abu Mazen's call for Hamas to lay down its weapons to help facilitate the resumption of peace talks with Israel.

Hamas denies naming new leader

GAZA, April 28 (UPI) -- The Islamic movement Hamas denied reports Wednesday Mahmoud Al-Zahar had been named the new Hamas leader in Gaza, succeeding Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
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Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎) (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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