Palestinians protest against Israel fence

GAZA, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza Monday against the barrier Israel is building in the West Bank, while the World Court in The Hague began hearings on the wall.

Hamas to fire rockets from West Bank

GAZA, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A senior member of Hamas said Monday the Palestinian militant group can now fire locally-made al-Qassam rockets at Israeli targets from the West Bank.

Hamas denies approval on cease-fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza, June 24 (UPI) -- The Palestinian militant group Hamas denied Israeli media reports Tuesday it had endorsed the latest cease-fire proposal.
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Mahmoud al-Zahar
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (R) talks to senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar during their meeting at Abbas' office in Gaza City February 4, 2006. Three of Hamas's top leaders, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Ismail Haniyeh and Ahmad bahar met Abbas at his Gaza City office after darkness fell, under heavy police guard. (UPI Photo/Ismael Mohamad). .

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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