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Israel Identifies Possible Hamas Leader

Israeli military officials said Monday they believe Mahmoud Zahar, a surgeon and prominent Hamas hard-liner, is the new leader of the Islamic militant group in the Gaza Strip. Hamas denied the Israeli claims regarding Zahar, calling it a ploy to get information about the group’s murky leadership structure. Hamas has refused to identify the man chosen to replace Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the Hamas leader who was killed in an Israeli airstrike April 17. The group’s leaders in Gaza have been in hiding since the Hamas founder, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, was assassinated by Israel on March 22. Israel has said the group’s entire leadership is marked for death. Full Story

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