Prominent Hamas Leader Dies 3 Weeks after Accidentally Shooting himself

Prominent Hamas Leader Dies 3 Weeks after Accidentally Shooting himself

Prominent Hamas Leader Dies 3 Weeks after Accidentally Shooting himself

A senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization has died, a Hamas spokesman said Tuesday, three weeks after he suffered what the terror organization claimed was an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Imad al-Alami, 62, was "examining his personal weapon in his home" when it inadvertently went off in his face on January 9, the militant Palestinian group says.

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Al-Alami, who had been serving as deputy until 2017, and had been the group's main leader in Tehran, Iran, for many years, before that, the Times of Israel reported.

Classified a "specially designated global terrorist" by the U.S. in 2003, al-Alawi died at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday (30 January), where he was in intensive care for the past three weeks. Hamas has said Iran is now its leading military backer.

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The 62-year-old held several key posts as a member of Hamas' policy-making bod.

He was unique among senior Hamas leaders for staying out of the press.

After the 2014 Israel-Hamas war, he traveled to Turkey for treatment for an injury in which he lost a leg. Hamas said he was wounded in the war. Another rumor said he was injured by gunfire during a battle between Hamas activists.

Al-Alami was first deported from Gaza in 1991, after being arrested by Israeli security forces for carrying out terror activities for Hamas.

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