Hamas

Tensions between Hamas and UNRWA following the theft of food and blankets and the Hamas takeover of a supply convoy.

Issued on 11/02/2009 Type Article
Eventually, Hamas returned the stolen humanitarian aid. Those incidents are a result of the policy of Hamas, which strives to control the humanitarian aid brought to the Gaza Strip.
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Evidence of the Use of the Civilian Population as Human Shields:

Issued on 06/02/2009 Type Article
Hamas operatives detained during Operation Cast Lead related that weapons were situated in schools, mosques and residential dwellings, that operatives shot from within residential neighborhoods, and that Hamas operatives stole the humanitarian aid for their own use
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Bulletins Issued by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Showing the Use Made by Hamas of the Gazan Civilian Population as Human Shields

Issued on 06/02/2009 Type Article
On January 6, the second week of Operation Cast Lead, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center issued a background study dealing with the use made by Hamas of the Gazan civilian population as human shields.
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Israeli Air Force Film Clips Show Use Hamas Makes of Gazan Civilians as Human Shields

Issued on 03/02/2009 Type Article
The following film clips were photographed during an Israeli Air Force attack against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. They clearly show how terrorist squads fighting the IDF and launching rockets into Israel position themselves near houses, mosques and educational institutions, endangering the lives of local residents.
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Shaky Ceasefire: Since the end of Operation Cast Lead, the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip have violated the ceasefire 12 times.

Issued on 01/02/2009 Type Article
In our assessment, Hamas wants quiet in the Gaza Strip but so far does not deter the other organizations.
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Gazans Tell How Hamas Used Them As Human Shields:

Issued on 29/01/2009 Type Article
Among others, an ambulance driver said that during Operation Cast Lead Hamas operatives used ambulances to leave battle sites, a tactic
familiar from the past
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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.