Hamas leader freed from prison after six month term

Hamas leader freed from

One of Hamas's top political leaders in the West Bank was released from an Israeli prison on Thursday, after spending six months behind bars. Israeli Prisons Service spokesman Yaron Zamir said Nasser al-Shaer was freed from a prison camp in southern Israel after completing a sentenced imposed by a military detention order. Shaer served as deputy prime minister in a Palestinian unity government that fell apart in the wake of fierce fighting between Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement in 2007. Hamas subsequently overran the Gaza Strip, leaving Abbas in control only of the West Bank Nine other Hamas lawmakers were released from Israeli prisons earlier this month after completing 40-month jail terms. At least 20 are still in custody.