GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Islamic militant community Hamas on Sunday said it has re-elected its supreme leader.
Haniyeh is a outmoded attend to Hamas’ founder, Ahmed Yassin, who was assassinated in an Israeli airstrike in 2004.
He served as the Palestinian top minister after Hamas obtained parliamentary elections in 2006 — a year earlier than the Islamic militant community seized control of Gaza from the rival Fatah-led forces of President Mahmoud Abbas. He served as Hamas’ leader in the community’s Gaza stronghold earlier than being elected as head of the motion in 2017.
Haniyeh left Gaza in 2019 and has split his time between Turkey and Qatar. He has not said whether or not he’ll return.
Hamas is an Islamic motion that seeks Israel’s destruction. Since taking control of Gaza in 2007, the community has fought four wars against Israel, most not too long ago in Could well unbiased, and quite quite a bit of smaller battles over the years.
The repeated combating, mixed with an Egyptian-Israeli blockade, has decimated Gaza’s financial system, with unemployment hovering spherical 50%.