BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – Hamas announced on Monday that their military wing, Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, has elected a new leader after conducting a secret election in the Gaza Strip.
Yahya Sinwar was announced on Monday as the new leader of Hama, replacing Ismael Haniyeh as commander of the ‘Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades following his long tenure.
At age 55, Sinwar spent the better part of two decades inside an Israeli prison for ordering the killing of several Palestinian collaborators with the Mossad.
Sinwar was released in 2011 after a deal was secured between the Israeli regime and Hamas leadership to release Golad Shalit (IDF soldier) in exchange for 1,000+ Palestinians.
Hamas will next elect a leader for their political wing – no date has been set as of yet.