Friday, January 16, 2004

Israel to target Sheik Ahmed Yassin?

Israel may target Hamas' "spritual leader" in retaliation for recent Hamas attacks on Israelis.

Israel will kill the founder of Hamas, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, in retaliation for a deadly attack on Israeli border guards, Israel's deputy defense minister said in the bluntest warning yet against leaders of the Islamic militant group.

The official, Zeev Boim, later softened his comments, saying the government had not made a specific decision to kill Yassin.

Israel has assassinated a number of Hamas commanders - but killing the Islamic movement's spritual leader, respected even by many Palestinians who do not support Hamas, would be a dramatic escalation and likely provoke revenge bombings.

Israel has targeted him in the past.


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