Jan. 31 (UPI) — Imad al-Alami, a co-founder of Hamas and senior official of the group, died Tuesday after he allegedly shot himself in the head earlier this month.
The Forward reported that hundreds of Palestinians, including many senior Hamas leaders, attended his funeral procession Tuesday.
“Hamas was Abu Hamam and Abu Hamam was Hamas,” said Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniyeh. “He was able to deal with changes and transformations and prescribe [appropriate] policies and strategies for the different periods of time.”
Hamas denied those rumors and insisted his shooting was the result of an accident.
Alami’s most recent position in Hamas was as an elected deputy, which he held until last year, the BBC reported.
Before he stepped down, Alami was reportedly involved in ceasefire talks with Israel and was involved in the release of a captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in 2011. The Palestinians released Shalit to Israel in exchange for more than 1,000 Palestinian political prisoners.