Ismail Haniyeh

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Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh in 2022
Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau
Assumed office
6 May 2017
DeputySaleh al-Arouri[1]
Preceded byKhaled Mashal
De facto ruler of the Gaza Strip
In office
2 June 2014 – 13 February 2017
PresidentMahmoud Abbas
Aziz Dweik
Preceded byNew creation
Succeeded byYahya Sinwar
Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
In office
29 March 2006* – 2 June 2014
Preceded byAhmed Qurei
Succeeded byRami Hamdallah
Personal details
Born (1962-01-29) 29 January 1962 (age 62)
Al-Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip
Political partyHamas
RelationsAmal Haniyeh (wife)
ResidenceDoha, Qatar
Alma materIslamic University of Gaza

Ismail Abdel Salam Ahmed Haniyeh (Arabic: إسماعيل عبد السلام أحمد هنية; sometimes transliterated as Haniya, Haniyah, or Hanieh; born 29 January 1962) is a senior political leader of Hamas. He was the disputed Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.[2] In September 2017, he became Chief of Hamas's Political Bureau.[3]

Personal and Family Life[change | change source]

Haniyeh is married to Amal Haniyeh and the couple have 13 children. In 2009, the family lived in Al-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.[4] In 2010, the couple shifted to the Rimla neighborhood in Gaza City. In 2020, He went to Qasem Soleimani's funeral, in Tehran, Iran. After visiting some other countries he decided to permanently reside in Doha, Qatar.[5] His family joined him there in 2021.[6] On 17 October 2023, during Israel–Hamas war an airstrike by israeli forces in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City reportedly killed 14 Palestinians, Haniyeh's brother and nephew were among the victims while several other family members were also injured.[7] Three of his sons and three grandchildren were killed in the Gaza Strip on April 10, 2024.[8]

Haniyeh praying behind Khamenei during the funeral of Qasem Soleimani.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hamas appoints West Bank terror chief as its deputy leader". The Times of Israel. 5 October 2017.
  2. "Abbas sacks Hamas-led government". BBC News. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2007.
  3. "Ex-Gaza leader Haniyeh reportedly to replace Mashaal as Hamas head". The Times of Israel. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  4. "Explained | Who is Ismail Haniyeh? Hamas leader who masterminded attack on Israel, while sitting in Doha". WION. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  5. "Hamas leader Haniyeh decides to settle in Qatar". The Jerusalem Post. 2 February 2020.
  6. "Haniyeh's Family follow him to Qatar". Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  7. "بينهم نجله، أنباء عن استشهاد 14 شخصا من عائلة إسماعيل هنية في قصف إسرائيلي (فيديو)". فيتو (in Arabic). 17 October 2023. Retrieved 17 October 2023.
  8. "Hamas Political Chief Ismail Haniyeh Confirms Killing of Three Sons, Three Grandchildren in Gaza Airstrike". 10 October 2024. Retrieved 10 April 2024.