Connect to share and comment

Hamas says Egypt navy wounds two Palestinian fishermen

Two Palestinian fishermen were wounded and five others arrested on Friday by the Egyptian navy off the coast of the Gaza Strip, Hamas said, condemning the act as "unjustified." "Some Egyptian navy ships fired in the direction of Palestinian fishing boats near the Egyptian border off the coast of Rafah at dawn on Friday," the Islamist movement's press agency reported. "Two fishermen were wounded and five others arrested," said Hamas, which has controlled the Palestinian territory since 2007.

Ties between Egypt and Hamas

Below are the main developments in relations between Egypt and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas since 2007: - June 15, 2007: Hamas takes control of the Gaza Strip after ousting forces loyal to the Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas following a week of clashes. President Hosni Mubarak's regime, which has tried in vain for a month to bring Palestinian factions around the table, criticises Hamas for "seizing power" in Gaza and recognises only Abbas's Palestinian Authority as "the single and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people".

Hamas says Gaza media offices shut over 'false' news

Authorities in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday closed local offices of Al-Arabiya TV and Palestinian news agency Maan for alleged "false" reporting of Hamas help for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. "The Attorney General decided to close down Al-Arabiya and Maan offices in Gaza for distributing false news regarding the smear campaign against Hamas and Gaza about what's happening in Egypt," a Hamas official told AFP.

Hamas shaken and cautious after Egyptian upheaval

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Just a year ago, tens of thousands of Hamas supporters took to the streets of Gaza for a noisy celebration of the election of fellow Islamist Mohamed Mursi as Egypt's president. Stunned silence among Hamas officials in the Palestinian enclave, which shares a border with Egypt's lawless Sinai peninsula, greeted his overthrow last Wednesday by the Egyptian military.

Islamic Jihad reopens contact with Hamas

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad has reestablished contacts with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, having severed ties after a commander in its military wing died from a police shooting, a group official said on Wednesday. "Contacts were reopened between Islamic Jihad and Hamas after an agreement to form a joint commission of enquiry on the death of Raed Jundiya," spokesman Dawud Shihab told AFP. He said he hoped the air would be cleared between the two Islamist groups "after the fallout from Jundiya's killing has been dealt with."

Hamas executes two Israel 'collaborators' in Gaza

Hamas hanged two men accused of collaborating with Israel on Saturday, a statement from the interior ministry of the Islamist movement's government in Gaza said. The ministry said that it had executed the two men in accordance "with what Palestinian law stipulates", identifying the two men as "the collaborator with the occupation A.G., 49, and the collaborator H.K., 43."

CORRECTED: Hamas executes two Israel 'collaborators' in Gaza

Hamas hanged two men accused of collaborating with Israel on Saturday, a statement from the interior ministry of the Islamist movement's government in Gaza said. The ministry said that it had executed the two men in accordance "with what Palestinian law stipulates", identifying them as "the collaborator with the occupation A.G., 49, and the collaborator H.K., 43."

Syria's sectarian war causes Hamas split

Syria's civil war has caused a split within Hamas over whether to cling to Shiite backers Damascus, Tehran and Hezbollah or side with Sunni allies such as Qatar, Egypt and Turkey, analysts say. Some in the Islamist movement's military wing insist that aid from Iran -- a key Damascus ally -- should not be shunned simply to publicly back the Sunni-led rebels fighting to overthrow Syria's Bashar al-Assad, Hamas sources told AFP.

Insight: In West Bank shadows, repressed Hamas breathes on

By Noah Browning and Ali Sawafta DURA, West Bank (Reuters) - In his sparse village home adorned only with framed verses from the Quran, Mohammed Ghannam opens his shirt, pointing silently to his bruised chest. Ghannam, 44, whose job was to deliver the call to prayer in Dura's local mosque, said plainclothes security forces from the Palestinian Authority (PA) detained him last month for belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas and beat him mute.

Hamas looks to root out Israel's spy networks

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The alleged spy buried his face in his hands inside a Gaza jail as he admitted passing intelligence to Israel during its battles with armed Palestinian groups. "My handlers in Israel called me and told me that collaborators in Gaza don't know one another and that each worked alone, so hide and stay as you are," the man told visiting reporters, under the watchful eye of a plainclothed Hamas security officer.
Syndicate content