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Hamas Co-Founder Accidentally Shoots Himself In The Head

One of the founders of the Palestinian terror group Hamas has been hospitalized after being shot in the head while inspecting his gun.

Senior leader Imad al-Alami is in serious condition in a Gaza hospital after his weapon accidentally discharged, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said on Facebook.

Alami was a longtime Hamas liaison in Iran and Syria before returning to Gaza in 2012. He served as deputy Hamas leader from then until last year.

Alami suffered a serious leg injury during the Israel-Hamas war in the summer of 2014, according to the group’s own website, but the circumstances of his injury are mysterious. According to the Times of Israel, he may have been hurt when an elevator collapsed in a tunnel where he was hiding, or injured in a gun battle between Hamas activists. But according to Ynet, his legs were broken by unknown persons, possibly by throwing him from a high place.

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