FILE - In this March 22, 2004, file photo, Palestinians gather around a pool of blood and the remains of the wheelchair of Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, following an Israeli air strike that killed him, near his house in Gaza City. Israel is considering resuming its contentious practice of assassinating militant leaders in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in an effort to halt intensified rocket attacks on Israel's south, according to defense officials. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer, File)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 4:09 pm
Israel has long history of killing Hamas leaders
By The Associated Press
- July 2002: An Israeli warplane drops a bomb on the home of Salah Shehadeh, the head of the Hamas military wing, killing him and 14 others, including women and children.
- March 2004: An Israeli missile strike kills Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas spiritual leader, near a Gaza City mosque. Yassin, paralyzed in a childhood accident, was among the founders of Hamas founders in 1987, a few days after the outbreak of the first Palestinian uprising. Hamas is the Palestinian offshoot of the region-wide Muslim Brotherhood.
- April 2004: Israel kills Gaza's Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi in a missile strike on his car. Two of Rantisi's bodyguards are also killed.
- January 2009: An Israeli warplane drops a bomb on the home of Nizar Rayyan, a senior Hamas figure, killing him and 18 others. The attack comes several days after Israel launches a three-week military offensive, against Hamas in Gaza.
- January 2009, an Israeli airstrike during the offensive kills Said Siam, the interior minister in Gaza's Hamas government. A missile hits the home of Siam's brother and also kills two other senior Hamas members.