| GEO World|
| Hamas nearing victory in Gaza conflict: PM Haniya|
| Updated at: 0215 PST, Tuesday, January 13, 2009|
GAZA CITY: Hamas is nearing victory in its war against Israel, Ismail Haniya, the head of the Islamist movement's government in the Gaza Strip, said on Monday.
"We are approaching victory," he said in a televised address.
"The blood which has flowed will not have flowed in vain as it will bring us victory, thanks be to God," Haniya added on the 17th day of Israel's offensive which has so far killed more than 900 Palestinians.