Top Hamas leader in critical condition after shooting self

Top Hamas leader in critical condition after shooting self

Imad al-Alami shot himself while "inspecting his personal weapon in his home" and was in a critical condition, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

The pro-Hamas Aqsa television earlier said the senior Hamas leader was shot in the head in Gaza City and was transferred to Al-Shifa hospital for treatment.

Some initial reports suggested it might have been an assassination attempt.

Alami is the latest in a series of Hamas operatives who have been injured or killed as a result of their involvement with the terror group, with several similar operational mishaps purportedly occurring in Gaza previous year.

It's an escalation that analysts say has the potential to destabilize an already fragile security situation in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave that Hamas has controlled for the past decade. Three Hamas terrorists were injured last April in an explosion near Rafah, in what the terror group called a training "accident". The terrorist who carried out the execution was identified in news as being Muhammad al-Dajani, a former member of Hamas' military branch in Gaza. He returned to Gaza in 2012 after spending several years overseas.

In 2014, Mr Alami is reported to have suffered serious wounds to his leg, for which he had to undergo surgery in Turkey.

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