Monday, April 26, 2004

Israeli Officials ID Possible Hamas Leader

JERUSALEM - Israeli military officials said Monday they believe Mahmoud Zahar, a surgeon and prominent Hamas hard-liner, is the new leader of the Islamic militant group in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas denied the Israeli claims regarding Zahar, calling it a ploy to get information about the group's murky leadership structure.

Hamas has refused to identify the man chosen to replace Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the Hamas leader who was killed in an Israeli airstrike April 17.

Mahmoud, it looks like you have a date with the virgins!