Hamas Founder Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself

Imad al-Alami was important not only as a co-founder of Hamas, but also for his close ties to the Iranian regime

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It's always a relief when Hamas does the IDF's job for it.

That was the reaction of many Israelis on Tuesday upon hearing that Hamas co-founder Imad al-Alami had died some three weeks after accidentally shooting himself in the head.

On January 9, a Hamas spokesman reported that al-Alami had been critically wounded after his personal firearm unexpectedly discharged while he was inspecting it.

Note to readers: Never point a loaded gun at your own face.

Al-Alami spent the past three weeks at a hospital in Gaza City, but finally succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.

In addition to being one of the group's original members, al-Alami was crucial to Hamas operations given his close ties to the Iranian government.

PHOTO: Palestinian Hamas supporters attend a rally marking the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Hamas movement. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90)

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