Senior Hamas Official Shot and Critically Wounded in Gaza City

Hamas says Imad Al-Alami was wounded at home while tending to his personal weapon, though reports are circulating that he was victim of assassination attempt

Senior Hamas official Imad al-Alami in Lebanon, 1999.
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Senior Hamas official Imad Al-Alami was critically wounded on Tuesday after suffering a shooting wound to his head.

Hamas spokesperson in Gaza Fazi Barhoum released a statement saying that Al-Alami was wounded at home while tending to his personal weapon and is in critical condition.

Reports have been circulating over the past hour throughout Gaza that Al-Alami was the victim of an assassination attempt. Arab media reported that he was shot point blank by an unknown assailant, and that doctors are currently fighting for his life. Sources in Gaza, however, doubt the validity of these reports.

Al-Alami is a long-term fixture of Hamas leadership in the Strip, and has previously served as a Hamas representative in Iran. He has participated in all Hamas talks with the international community, including but not limited to Palestinian reconciliation, the cease-fire during the 2014 Gaza war and talks over captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He is known for operating under the radar, avoiding public appearances and the media.

Al-Alami sustained serious wounds to his leg in 2014 following an Israeli strike on his house. Hamas did not report it at the time and quietly facilitated his departure to Turkey, where he received medical care and convalesced for several months before returning.