Hamas

Hamas and UN agencies (UNDP and UNESCO) participated in two inaugurations in the Gaza Strip

Issued on 12/07/2012 Type Article
Hamas and UN agencies (UNDP and UNESCO) participated in two inaugurations in the Gaza Strip: a school named for senior terrorist operative Adnan al-Ghoul (involved in deadly terrorist attacks in Israel) and a space sciences chair at the Islamic University in Gaza City, a Hamas stronghold.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 27-July 3, 2012)

Issued on 03/07/2012 Type Article
At the end of the latest round of escalation, rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory returned to its "routine" level. The Gaza Strip continues to express high hopes after the election of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi to the post of president of Egypt.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (June 20-26, 2012)

Issued on 26/06/2012 Type Article
The latest escalated round of rocket fire attacking Israel's south, which lasted for six days, has ended. The announcement of the victory of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate for the presidency of Egypt, was received with celebrations throughout the Gaza Strip.
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Escalation in Rocket Fire in the South (Update No. 3) (1300 hours, June 24, 2012)

Issued on 24/06/2012 Type Article
Despite Hamas' announcement of a ceasefire beginning as of 2300 hours on the night of June 20, on Friday, June 23 rocket fire attacking Israeli territory was resumed. Since the last round of rocket fire escalation began 162 hits were identified in Israeli territory.
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Escalation in Rocket Fire in the South (Update No. 2) (1300 hours, June 21, 2012)

Issued on 21/06/2012 Type Article
On June 20 rocket and mortar shell fire into Israeli territory intensified, with 70 rocket hits identified during the day. Most of the rockets landing in the western Negev. Seven additional hits were identified on the morning of June 21. Since the beginning of the current round of escalation, so far 125 rockets have landed in the Israel's south.
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Escalation in Rocket Fire in the South (Update No. 1)

Issued on 20/06/2012 Type Article
During the past few days rocket fire attacks on Israel have escalated. Between June 18 and 1300 hours on June 29 a total of 57 rockets fell in Israeli territory. Most of them fell in the western Negev; one landed between Ofakim and Beersheba. A rocket landed close to a Border Police vehicle in the Ashqelon area, wounding 11 Border Policemen. The IDF continues its attacks on terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian media reported that six operatives were killed in the Israeli attacks.
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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.