BLUFHamas, an Islamist group opposed to Israel's Gaza control and designated as terrorist by Australia, ignited recent tensions with an attack in a densely populated Gaza Strip.
- Hamas opposes Israel's Gaza occupation.
- The Gaza Strip lies between Israel and Egypt.
- Conflict ignited by a Hamas attack amid deep-rooted tensions.
- Australia officially designates Hamas as a terrorist organisation.
NOTE THIS FROM 2022: 17 FEB 2022 ABC AUSTRALIA--Hamas to be listed in entirety as a terrorist organisation by Australian government - ABC News ..........The military wing of Hamas was already listed by Australia, but the federal government will now join the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel and others in extending the designation to the fundamentalist Islamic group's political branch.