Middle East

Hamas elects new leader in Gaza Strip

Yahya Sinwar, known as the founding member of the Hamas military wing, was chosen in secret elections.


UN-Arab League statement backs Palestinian state

Joint statement by UN and Arab League heads comes after Trump drops US commitment to two-state solution to conflict.


Hamas on the two-state solution and a new charter

Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan on a new charter coming “very soon”, and if they’ll accept a two-state solution.


Palestinians sceptical about Moscow reconciliation deal

A meaningful unity requires a serious engagement in restructuring and reinventing the Palestinian political system.

Middle East

Fatah and Hamas to form unity government

Agreement reached after three days of talks in Moscow paving the way for the formation of a new National Council.


Hamas blames Israel for assassination of drone chief

Palestinian group says Zawari was part of its military wing for 10 years and vowed revenge against "the Zionist enemy".


Thousands rally in Gaza for Hamas' anniversary

Masked fighters and children among tens of thousands taking to the streets to mark armed group's 29th year.

Special series

The Hannibal Directive

We investigate a secret order that allowed Israel's army to kill Palestinian civilians to stop the capture of a soldier.


Palestinian local polls delayed for up to four months

The postponement came a day after the Palestinian high court ruled to exclude Gaza strip from municipal elections.


Palestinian court excludes Gaza from municipal polls

Court allows West Bank to hold polls but says judiciary in Hamas-controlled Gaza has no "guarantees" for elections.

Middle East

The mystery of Hamas' missing fighters in Sinai

Egypt is holding the four men as "political hostages", Hamas alleges, after photo emerges from Cairo jail.

Middle East

Israel charges UNDP staffer with helping Hamas

Hamas rejects Israeli allegation that UNDP’s engineer Waheed Borsh abused his position to renovate homes of its members.


Israel accuses World Vision aid worker of funding Hamas

Israeli court charges Gaza representative of World Vision with siphoning off millions each year for Hamas.

War & Conflict

Hamas is firmly in power, but it has yet to deliver

Israel has evolved a respect for Hamas forces and a practical preference for Hamas' continued rule in Gaza.

by Geoffrey Aronson


The mistakes of Hamas and the need for recalibration

Nobody dares to claim that Hamas doesn't have the full right to pursue its political agenda.

by Ahmed al-Burai