Hamas Co-Founder Accidentally Shoots Himself in the Head
One of the co-founders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas is recovering in hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the head.
Imad al-Alami’s gun went off as he cleaned it at home in the Gaza Strip. He is badly wounded and is now being treated at a hospital in Gaza City.
Alami was “inspecting his personal weapon in his home” when it fired, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told the BBC.
Alami, who was believed to have fled to Turkey after the 2014 conflict with Israel, remains a top official with the Islamist group.
Observers have claimed that Alami is a key connection between Hamas and the Iranian regime in Tehran, which like the militant group views Israel as its archenemy and has funded its military wing in Gaza.
He is also believed to have ties to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, a proxy group of Iran, and its secretive leader Hassan Nasrallah.