Senior Hamas leader killed in Israeli airstrike

January 16th, 2009 - 3:15 am ICT by IANS  

Gaza City, Jan 16 (DPA) An Israeli air strike Thursday afternoon killed Said Siam, minister of the interior in the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, the al-Quds radio station of the radical Islamic Jihad movement announced.Siam’s brother was also killed in the strike, as was the head of Hamas’ security apparatus, Salah Abu Shreh.

Siam, one of the top Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, is the most senior figure in the Islamist movement to be killed since Israel launched Operation Cast Lead against Hamas on Dec 27.

He is considered one of the guiding forces behind Hamas’ violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, when gunmen from the movement routed security personnel loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and seized control of security installations in the salient.

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