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Hamas elects Yahya Sinwar as Gaza leader

Mon, 13.02.2017 20:26



The Palestinian group Hamas has elected a commander of its armed wing as overall leader in Gaza. Regarded as a hardliner, Yahya Sinwar rejects any reconciliation with Israel. The 55-year-old was jailed for murder in Israel but freed after 22-years behind bars as part of a prisoner swap deal in 2011 for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

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