[QODLink]
Middle East
Freed senior Hamas leader vows to fight on
After 25 years in Israeli jails, Al-Qassam Brigade's Yahia Sinwar receives hero's welcome in Gaza.
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2011 19:44

Yahia Sinwar, a founding member of the Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigade, the military wing of Hamas, was the only high-ranking official among the hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged on October 18 for detained Israeli solider Gilad Shalit.

After 25 years in the Israeli prison system, Sinwar received a hero's welcome in Gaza upon his release.

The prisoner swap has elevated the standing of the Al-Qassam Brigade fighters and, with it, leaders like Sinwar.

He pledged to once again join the fight for Palestinian statehood should the situation call for it.

Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Gaza.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.