Operation Cast Lead-Update No. 17

Issued on 20/01/2009 Type Article
On January 18 at 0200 hours, a unilateral ceasefire went into effect as Israel held its fire.

Using civilians as humans shields: launching rockets at Israel from locations close to buildings and schools

Issued on 19/01/2009 Type Article
Hanan al-Masri, an Al-Arabiya TV correspondent who works in the station’s offices in Gaza City, recounted that during Operation Cast Lead at the end of December, a Grad rocket was launched at Israel from under the building she worked in, located in the heart of the city.

Operation Cast Lead-Update No. 16

Issued on 19/01/2009 Type Article
During the past 24 hours events focused on the announcement made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the night of January 17, after a Political-Security Cabinet meeting.

Iranian Support of Hamas

Issued on 16/01/2009 Type Article
Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005 created a new situation which accelerated the establishment of the area controlled by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Operation Cast Lead—Update No. 15

Issued on 16/01/2009 Type Article
Over the past 24 hours, IDF forces have continued expanding the ground operations in the outskirts of Gaza City, wrestling control of more and more areas from the terrorists and carrying out raids deep into the Hamas-controlled urban territory.

Sa’id Siyam, a Hamas leader and Minister of Internal Affairs and National Security in Haniyah's administration, was killed in an Israeli Air Force strike

Issued on 15/01/2009 Type Article
In the afternoon of January 15, the Israeli Air Force attacked a building in the neighborhood of Jebaliya where Sa’id Siyam, a member of the Hamas leadership, was staying.
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.