Hamas names top militant as new leader in Gaza

Qatar focuses on solving electricity issue in Gaza

Haniyeh has been the leader in Gaza since its takeover in 2007.

Sinwar was sentenced to four life terms by Israel in 1988 for a series of crimes, including his role as mastermind of the abduction and killing of two Israeli soldiers.

Senior Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh revealed on Saturday that Qatar is set to allocate millions of dollars in financial support for different projects in the besieged Gaza Strip. Khalil Al-Hayya, a political official, was chosen as Sinwar's deputy.

Yehya Sinwar, in his mid 50s, is an influential and unpredictable hardliner who helped found the al-Majd intelligence unit, an early prototype of Hamas' Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, The New York Times reported. He was released in a 2011 prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He was released in a 2011 prisoner swap to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and added to the USA terrorism blacklist in 2015.




Sinwar, 55, generally avoids the limelight, but is seen as an unpredictable hardliner who inspires the loyalty of Hamas's military wing's leadership.

Hamas now claims to have four Israelis in captivity in Gaza, though Israel says the two soldiers among them were killed in the 2014 war. Each group picks local leaders and delegates to the group's Shura Council. The armed group is sworn to Israel's destruction and has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings, shootings and other attacks.

The Jewish state maintains a crippling blockade on Gaza which it says is necessary to maintain Hamas but which the United Nations says amounts to collective punishment.

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