Israeli Tanks Hit Gaza Strip Following Alleged Hamas Attack

Hamas Elects New Deputy Chief Known for Orchestrating 2014 Kidnappings

The cabinet meeting was attended by Egyptian intelligence Director Khaled Fawzy. Hamas is held responsible for all terrorist activity within the Gaza Strip, the statement said.

An official in the Islamic militant group said Thursday that Saleh Arouri will be the deputy to politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh.

"We will not go back to division in any way", Sinwar said on Sunday night ahead of the trip.

Fatah and Hamas have been at odds ever since the latter scored a landslide victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006.

US Special Representative Jason Greenblatt cautiously welcomed Hamdallah's visit to Gaza but stressed that any Palestinian government "must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties and peaceful negotiations". The last such incident occurred two month ago.


The Defense Ministry said it believed the boots were going to be used by Hamas's military wing.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and does not recognise its existence, while Abbas and the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organisation have recognised the country.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have remained politically and administratively divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of the strip from Fatah following several days of street fighting. Abbas halted payments for Israeli-supplied electricity to Gaza and cut salaries for the strip's civil servants.

Speaking to the local Ma'an News Agency, Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassam insisted that the group's weapons are not up for discussion, insisting that "the resistance's weapons are legal".

That same year, with the help of Egypt, Israel imposed its ongoing blockade on Gaza, effectively regulating the flow of people, goods, medicines, foods and humanitarian supplies into and out of the territory.

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