posted on Mar, 21 2004 @ 10:21 PM
The spiritual leader and founder of terror group Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, was killed today as he was exiting a mosque in Gaza City near his home.
Israeli helicopters fired three missiles on the man, leaving little but Yassin's wheelchair covered in blood.
This is being called a surgical strike by Israel in response to an increase in suicide bombings. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon personally approved the
Witnesses say Yassin's corpse was removed to an undisclosed location after the missiles stopped. Palestinian officials and medical personnel confirm
Seven other people were killed. At least twenty people, including Yassin's son and some of his bodyguards, were injured.
The Israeli Army has sealed off access to Gaza's West Bank. Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets in Gaza, shouting for revenge.
Mortars are being fired at Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip.
In a statement confirming Yassir's death, a Hamas spokesperson said, "Sharon has opened the gates of hell and nothing will stop us from cutting off
The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, speaking on Al-Jazeera television, warned: "There can be no life for the Americans
and Zionists in the region. We will not rest until they are expelled from the region."
Yassin founded Hamas in 1987, originally calling it the Palestinian Wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has been a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic since
More as this story develops.
Isreal National News
Profile of Terrorist Group Hamas
[Edited on 23-3-2004 by Zion Mainframe]