Hamas, the Palestinian movement that runs Gaza, has re-elected Khaled Meshaal as its political leader, several sources inside Hamas confirmed to CNN Tuesday.
Meshaal was re-elected as chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau in Cairo on Monday. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya will continue to lead the movement internally inside Gaza.
Based in Qatar, Meshaal has led Hamas in exile. He left the Palestinian West Bank in 1967 at the age of 11 after Israel moved into the territory during the Six Day War. Israel, under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attempted to assassinate him in 1997.
Hamas leader unbending, but seeks Palestinian unity
Meshaal, who visited Gaza in December on the 25th anniversary of its founding, then called for reconciliation among Palestinian factions but offered a singular vision that does not recognize Israel and remains committed to armed struggle.
Israel, the United States and other Western countries label Hamas a terrorist organization. The United States also has listed Meshaal as a terrorist.
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Journalist Talal Abu-Rahma in Gaza and CNN’s Salma Abdelaziz in Atlanta contributed to this report