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Sheikh Ahmed Yassin

Sheikh Ahmed YassinAKA Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin

Born: 18-Dec-1936
Birthplace: Jora, Gaza, Palestine
Died: 21-Mar-2004
Location of death: Gaza City, Gaza
Cause of death: Assassination

Gender: Male
Religion: Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion

Nationality: Palestine
Executive summary: Hamas spiritual leader

Jailed by the Israelis for ten months beginning April 15 1984, and freed in a prisoner exchange May 1985 with the PFLP. Founded Hamas movement on 14 December 1987. Arrested again during the Intifada, freed again by Israel on 1 October 1997 to obtain medical treatment in Jordan. It is said that he sanctioned the first female Hamas suicide attack in Gaza against Israeli border guards.

Wife: Halima

    University: Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

    Released in Prisoner Exchange May-1985
    Conspiracy 1989
    Declared Holy War Against Israel (24-Jan-1998)
    House Arrest Dec-2001
    Assassination Attempt Gaza (6-Sep-2003)
    Risk Factors: Blindness

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