61-year-old former deputy chief of Hamas, Imad al-Alami, the movement’s founder and one of the groups most senior officials, has died after accidentally shooting himself some three weeks ago.
Imad al-Alami has been unconscious since the shooting at his home in Gaza City on January 9th.
Hamas had initially hastily announced al-Alami died naturally, but they later confessed that he had shot himself in the head while checking his weapon.
Doctors at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital had been trying for weeks but al-Alami died on Tuesday.
He was also seriously injured in 2014, when his residence was bombed and one of his legs had to be amputated. The treatment for those injuries took place in a Turkish hospital and Mr al-Alami remained in Turkey for some time following the surgery.
There were reports at the time of the bombing that it was part of an internal Hamas power struggle, but