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Hamas announces shooting of Imad al-Alami, Jan. 9, 2018

One of the founders of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization is in critical condition after allegedly ‘accidentally’ shooting himself in the head.

Hamas leader Imad al-Alami was “hit by a bullet to the head,” according to an Arabic-language announcement by the group on Tuesday.

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Al-Alami was at home in Gaza when he shot himself while “inspecting his personal weapon,” according to a statement to reporters by Hamas spokesperson Fawzy Barhoum.

However, some reports suggest Al-Alami may have been shot in an assassination attempt, according to the BBC.

Al-Alami, also known by his nom de guerre, Abu Hamam, is reported in critical condition after he was taken to a Gaza City hospital.

In 2003 the 61-year-old terrorist was declared a “specially designated global terrorist” and outlawed by the United States, which identified him as a member of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus. The U.S. maintained that Al-Alami was responsible for the Hamas military wing in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

He served as the deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau until last year and has chaired the terrorist group’s ‘Intifada Committee’ in past years.

Al-Alami is known as the long-time Hamas envoy to the Iranian government. He also maintained a close personal relationship with Lebanon’s Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.