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Hamas names top militant commander as new hard-line leader in Gaza

Hamas names top militant commander as new hard-line leader in Gaza

The Palestinian group Hamas said on Monday that it chose a hard-line military chief as its new political leader in the Gaza Strip, a move seen by analysts as increasing the risk of a new outbreak of war between Gaza’s Islamist rulers and Israel.      

Yehya Sinwar, 55, considered the No. 3 in Hamas’ military wing, was released by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap after serving more than 20 years in jail, and is credited with helping to rebuild Hamas’ fighting force after a devastating seven-week war with Israel in 2014.

The Obama administration declared him to be a “special designated global terrorist” in 2015, prohibiting Americans from doing...

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