GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Cease-fire talks between Israel and Hamas progressed Friday, the leader of the Islamic militant group said, as the Gaza Strip braced for renewed violence on the eve of...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Egyptian mediators rushed to the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Hamas' supreme leader emerged from his hideout as an unofficial cease-fire between Israel and the Islamic militant...
The Latest: Hamas says cease-fire reached with Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):
Gaza's Hamas rulers say Egypt has brokered a cease-fire to end the latest round of fighting...
Egypt releases Hamas members from detention
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas militant group says that Egypt has released eight Palestinians, including four of its members, from detention after years of denying knowledge of their...
Palestinians bury 4 killed in Gaza protests
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians have attended the burials of four people killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza-Israel frontier.
Funerals were held across the Gaza Strip on Saturday, a day after the four were shot, including 16-year-old Mohammed Jahjouh.
Friday's protests were the deadliest in a month and a half of relatively restrained protests that saw one fatality.
Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today.
The poll conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki and released Tuesday shows that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would win with 49 percent to Abbas' 42 percent.
Tens of thousands rally in Gaza to mark Hamas anniversary
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group's establishment.
Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machineguns during Sunday's rally. The Islamist group said the large turnout reflects widespread support despite domestic and external challenges.
Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007.
Hamas leader says he has been invited to Moscow
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The top leader of the Hamas militant group says he has received an invitation to make an official visit to Moscow.
The office of Ismail Haniyeh said the invitation was delivered Wednesday by a visiting Russian diplomat. Its statement did not elaborate on the purpose of the visit.
Russia maintains high-level contact with Hamas, which Israel, the U.S. and the European Union classify as a terrorist group.
Egyptian mediators step up truce efforts with Israel, Hamas
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A team of Egyptian mediators on Thursday shuttled between Israel and the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers in a stepped-up effort to forge a cease-fire between the two enemies.
The series of meetings came a day after Gaza militants fired a rocket that struck a home in southern Israel, triggering a series of Israeli airstrikes. It was the heaviest day of fighting in several months.
The Latest: Mourners hold funerals for 7 killed in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local):
Palestinian mourners across the Gaza Strip have held funerals for seven protesters killed a day earlier.
Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Gaza's ruling Hamas group, attended a funeral Saturday, pledging to keep up the near-weekly protests along the security fence with Israel until a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade is lifted.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and protests along with Israel-Gaza border (all times local):
The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has told Egyptian mediators that a massive rally along the Gaza-Israel border is going ahead as planned.
An official said Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh made that clear in Cairo talks Sunday.
Hamas buries Hamas engineer slain in Malaysia
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians joined a mass funeral on Thursday for a Hamas scientist who was gunned down in Malaysia last week, as Hamas' leader accused Israel of killing him and vowed revenge.
Fadi al-Batsh was laid to rest shortly after his body was returned to Gaza through the Egyptian border.
Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh led the funeral prayers at a mosque in Jabaliya, the town in northern Gaza where al-Batsh grew up.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding the killing of a Palestinian in Malaysia (all times local):
Thousands of people, led by Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, are taking part in the funeral of Hamas engineer Fadi al-Batsh in northern Gaza.
Haniyeh led the funeral prayers at a mosque in Jabaliya, the town where al-Batsh grew up. He accused Israel of killing al-Batsh, who was gunned down in Malaysia last week, and vowed revenge.
Hamas vows revenge for key member killed in Malaysia
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group said Saturday that a man who was gunned down in Malaysia was an important member of the organization, accusing Israel of being behind the brazen killing.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The leader of Gaza's ruling Hamas group and Israel's prime minister staked out tough positions Monday, making de-escalation on the Israel-Gaza border in the near future unlikely.
Since late March, 26 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire in mass border protests led by Hamas, but also driven by widespread desperation over the territory's decade-old border blockade by Israel and Egypt.
Hamas decries US bill sanctioning ‘human shields’ practice
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is condemning a U.S. bill that sanctions the Islamic militant group for using civilians in Gaza as "human shields."
The House unanimously passed the Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act on Wednesday. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum says Thursday that the bill sides with "the Israeli narrative."
Senior Hamas official wounded in Gaza car explosion
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The head of Gaza security services was wounded when an explosion ripped through his car Friday, according to the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules the territory. The group called the blast a failed assassination attempt.
Hamas said a bomb placed under Gen. Tawfiq Abu Naim's car exploded in central Gaza. It said Abu Naim "survived an assassination attempt" and that an investigation was underway.
Palestinian rivals reach preliminary deal on governing Gaza
CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas reached a preliminary agreement Thursday that could return the Gaza Strip to President Mahmoud Abbas' control and ease a decade-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the coastal territory, but past attempts at unity have foundered on key issues that remain unresolved.
Hamas names mastermind of attacks on Israelis as deputy
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Hamas movement has named as its deputy leader a hard-liner who Israel says masterminded attacks against its citizens.
An official in the Islamic militant group said Thursday that Saleh Arouri will be the deputy to politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending an official announcement.
The move comes as Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction are working toward reconciliation.
First rifts emerge in Palestinian reconciliation talks
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A new round of Palestinian reconciliation talks experienced its first sign of trouble on Tuesday as the Hamas militant group said it would not give up its vast weapons arsenal, putting it at odds with both the rival Fatah movement and Israel.
The tough comments by Hamas' supreme leader, Ismail Haniyeh, provided a reminder of the long road that lies ahead after this week's launch of talks with President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.
Hamas invites Abbas to resume control of Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas on Tuesday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to send officials to Gaza to resume control of the coastal enclave the Islamic militant group seized a decade ago.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said his group is serious about returning power to the Western-backed Palestinian leader and called on him to respond with "practical steps."
Hamas chief heads to Egypt in sign of Gaza’s improving ties
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas militant group says its top leader is heading to Cairo to discuss renewed cooperation with Egyptian authorities.
Saturday marks the first time Egypt has allowed Ismail Haniyeh to leave the Gaza Strip since he was elected the Palestinian group's chief in May.
A Hamas statement said Haniyeh and other leaders will discuss "boosting" recent easing of the blockade Egypt imposes on Gaza along with Israel.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):
The leader of the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza praised a Palestinian who stabbed three Israelis to death in their home in a phone call to the attacker's father.
Ismail Haniyeh called the attack "heroic" Sunday and said the assailant "lifted the heads of the nation high."
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The new supreme leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas on Wednesday delivered his first public speech since taking office in May, railing against Israel and the Trump administration while calling for unity with the rival Palestinian Authority.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hamas is denying a report that host Qatar has asked several leaders of the Islamic militant group to leave, but says some senior officials may be shifted to new locations based on "work requirements."
Sunday's statement comes after the Lebanon-based TV station Al-Mayadeen reported that Qatar gave Hamas a list of leaders who should leave.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The newly elected leader of Hamas paid tribute in Gaza on Monday to Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel, his first appearance in the new role and a sign of the group's internal power shift from the diaspora to the Hamas-ruled territory.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas Islamic militant movement that controls the Gaza Strip announced Saturday it had chosen its former Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh as the group's new political chief.
Haniyeh succeeds Hamas' longtime exiled leader Khaled Mashaal, and the move comes shortly after Gaza's rulers unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's international isolation.
Hamas leader ends ‘successful’ visit to Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Hamas, the ruling Palestinian movement of the Gaza Strip, concluded a "successful" visit to Egypt on Friday, according to Egypt's state-run news agency, the first visit by the group's top leader in over three years.
Top Hamas leader in Gaza visits Egypt, 1st trip since 2013
CAIRO (AP) — The top Hamas official from the Gaza Strip has arrived in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt's army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013.
Ismail Haniyeh arrived late Sunday, Egyptian security officials said, as Hamas officials confirmed the visit. All spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters.