20 Feb. 2006
Gaza, GAZA STRIP
Hamas leader Nizar Rayan (L) attends a news conference after a meeting [with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] in Gaza February 20, 2006. [Abbas will formally ask Hamas's prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniyeh, on Tuesday to form a government, leaders of the Islamic group said on Monday after meeting Abbas.] Standing next to Rayan are Mahmoud al-Zahar (hidden, 2nd-L), Haniyeh (2nd-R) and Saeed Seyam (R).