Hamas

Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 9 (As of 1200 hours, July 12, 2014)

Issued on 21/07/2014 Type Article
The current focus of the ground operation is Shejaiya, a densely-populated neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City.
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Hamas and other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip use schools for military-terrorist purposes: The case of rockets found hidden in an UNRWA school during Operation Protective Edge

Issued on 20/07/2014 Type Article
During Operation Protective Edge UNRWA announced in a press release that on July 16, 2014, 20 rockets were discovered hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip (the name and location of the school were not mentioned).
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 8 (As of 1200 hours, July 20, 2014)

Issued on 20/07/2014 Type Article
On the night of July 17, 2014, at the end of the tenth day of Operation Protective Edge, and after the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire agreement accepted by Israel had been rejected by Hamas, the IDF began a new stage of Operation Protective Edge.
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 7 (As of 1200 hours, July 17, 2014)

Issued on 17/07/2014 Type Article
On July 16, 2014, the UN asked for a "humanitarian pause (in the fighting)" to allow the Gazan population to purchase necessities and repair the infrastructure. Israel and Hamas agreed.
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Weapons Caches in Houses of Terrorist Operatives in the Gaza Strip: The Case Study of Ibrahim al-Shawaf, Senior PIJ Commander

Issued on 17/07/2014 Type Article
During Operation Protective Edge the IDF has attacked the houses of terrorist operatives where weapons were stored and where military-terrorist activities were carried out. One of them was the house of senior PIJ terrorist operative Ibrahim al-Shawaf, attacked on July 8, 2014. The Palestinian media reported that the IDF had sent the residents a warning prior to the attack telling them to vacate the premises.
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Operation Protective Edge – Update No. 6 (As of 1200 hours, July 16, 2014)

Issued on 16/07/2014 Type Article
The ceasefire proposed by Egypt and accepted by Israel was rejected by Hamas. During July 15, 2014, rocket and mortar shell fire attacking Israel increased (125 rocket hits on July 15). One Israeli civilian died after being hit by mortar shell shrapnel. In response the IDF resumed attacking terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip from the air.
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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.