Published: Wed, January 31, 2018

Gaza, al-Alami, one of the founders of Hamas, dies

Gaza, al-Alami, one of the founders of Hamas, dies

Imad al-Alami, 62, was inspecting his weapon at home when it accidentally discharged, a Hamas spokesman said earlier this month.

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Palestinian mourners carry the body of Hamas senior leader Imad al-Alami during his funeral at the al-Omari mosque in Gaza City on January 30, 2018.

The Gaza-based Islamist Hamas group announced the death of one of its most prominent members on Tuesday from a gunshot wound sustained three weeks ago.

In March a senior party leader, Mazen Faqha, was shot dead inside Gaza, with Hamas accusing Israel of responsibility.

Al-Alami has held several important positions within Hamas.

Reports circulated in Gaza that Al-Alami was the victim of an assassination attempt and Arab media reported that he was shot point blank by an unknown assailant.

The shooting incident fueled a variety of conspiracy theories within the Palestinian Authority, ranging from claims al-Alami was assassinated, to suggestions he may have committed suicide following years of serious health problems.

He was based in Syria when the group was headquartered in Damascus, where he served as the main point of contact for Hamas relations with Iran and its proxies.

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.

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