IAF Strike Kills Senior Hamas Minister

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - Hamas Interior Minister Said Siam (pronounced Sah-eed See-ahm) was killed Thursday evening in an Israeli air strike on his brother's home in Jabalya.

Siam is the highest-ranking Hamas political figure to be killed in Operation Cast Lead since it began on December 27.

Siam's brother, Iad, was also killed, as was his son.

General Salah Abu Shrakh, head of the group's General Security Service, and Mahmoud Watfa, a senior commander in Izz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas' armed wing, were also killed in the strike.

Like his colleagues, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar, Siam embraced the group's most radical objectives, whose end goal is return the land of Israel to Islamic rule.

According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, Siam's death is a blow to the group's morale and a personal setback for Haniyeh and al-Zahar.

Earlier Thursday, three of al-Zahar's bodyguards were killed by an air strike near his house.

Haniyeh and al-Zahar went into hiding during the first few days of the IDF's incursion into Gaza.

Two weeks ago, an air strike killed arch-terrorist Sheikh Nizar Rayyan, one of the top five men in the Hamas hierarchy.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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