New Hamas chief makes first public appearance in native Gaza

New Hamas chief makes first public appearance in native Gaza

The new Hamas leader has made his first public appearance, visiting people expressing solidarity for hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Ismail Haniyeh stopped by a tent containing the supporters on Monday, two days after Hamas announced that the former Gaza prime minister had replaced Qatar-based Khaled Mashaal in the Islamic militant group's top position.

Haniyeh's rise was the latest sign of a power shift in Hamas from the diaspora to Gaza, which has been under Hamas rule since a 2007 takeover.

The shift comes at a time of growing financial pressure on Gaza by Hamas' main rival, Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying to force the group to cede ground.

Haniyeh also faces movement restrictions that could limit his leadership role. An Israeli-Egyptian border blockade has largely sealed Gaza since 2007.

PA

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