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Palestinian Sunni Islamic organization

  • Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni Islamic or Islamist organization.
  • The organization was founded in 1987 after it got separated from Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Hamas was founded to liberate Palestine from Israeli occupation and to establish an Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
  • Sheik Ahmed Yassin is its founder.
  • Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades is its military wing.
  • Hamas is governing the Gaza Strip since June 2007.
  • The US State Department added Hamas to the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations in April 1993.
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