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Yassin's home turned into museum

GAZA, March 28 (UPI) -- Hamas Monday announced plans to turn the Gaza City home of its late founder, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, into a museum.

Unknown group claims Fallujah attack

BAGHDAD, April 2 (UPI) -- A previously unknown group took Friday claimed responsibility for the gory violence in Fallujah this week that killed four U.S. civilians.

Jordan refuses to register Ahmed Yassin

AMMAN, Jordan, March 30 (UPI) -- The Jordanian civil registration department reportedly refused to register a newborn named after slain Hamas founder and spiritual guide Sheik Ahmad Yassin.

Imposed prayer for Yassin in Rome

ROME, March 28 (UPI) -- Muslim radicals forced worshipers in Rome's Grand Mosque to pray for slain Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.

Arafat prepares for possible attacks

RAMALLAH, Israel, March 23 (UPI) -- Yasser Arafat reportedly believes Israel's assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed Yassin was a message that he could be next, World Tribune.com reports.

Ranteesi is Gaza Strip Hamas leader

GAZA, March 23 (UPI) -- Hamas has chosen Abdel Aziz Ranteesi to be its leader in Gaza only, said Sheikh Sa'eed Seyam, a senior Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip.

Canada calls Yassin killing extra-judicial

TORONTO, March 22 (UPI) -- Canada condemned Monday the slaying of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, saying the slaying was unacceptable.

U.N. condemns Yassin assassination

UNITED NATIONS, March 22 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday condemned Israel's "targeted assassination" of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, founder and spiritual leader of Hamas.

Text: IDF statement on Sheikh Yassin

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 22 (UPI) -- The Israel Defense Forces spokesman Monday confirmed the army had targeted Hamas' leader and founder, Sheikh Ahmad Yassin in Gaza.

Israel assassinates Hamas founder

GAZA, March 22 (UPI) -- An Israeli airstrike killed the founder and spiritual leader of Hamas, Ahmed Yassin, as he was leaving a mosque in Gaza City early Monday morning.

Yassin: Hamas plans to kidnap Israelis

GAZA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Hamas leader said Friday his group is planning to kidnap Israelis to exchange them for Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails.

Hamas: Sharon's speech means nothing

GAZA, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- An Islamic resistance leader said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's speech Thursday "has no content," claiming Sharon just wants to deceive the world.
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Ahmed Yassin

Sheikh Ahmed Ismail Hassan Yassin (1937 – 22 March 2004 ) (Arabic: الشيخ أحمد إسماعيل حسن ياسين‎, alŚaỉċ Åhmad Ḁsmáoíl Hasan Iásín) was a founder of Hamas, an Islamist Palestinian paramilitary organization and political party. Yassin also served as the spiritual leader of the organization. Hamas gained popularity in Palestinian society by establishing hospitals, education systems, libraries and other services, but it has also claimed responsibility for a number of suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians, leading to its being characterized by the European Union, Israel, Japan, Canada, and the United States as a terrorist organization.

Yassin, a quadriplegic who was nearly blind, had used a wheelchair since a sporting accident at the age of 12. He was assassinated when an Israeli helicopter gunship fired a missile at him as he was being wheeled to early morning prayers. His killing, in an attack that claimed the lives of both his bodyguards and nine bystanders, precipitated much criticism of Israel, and many observers suggested that the act would negatively impact the peace process. 200,000 Palestinians attended his funeral procession.

Ahmed Yassin was born in al-Jura, a small village near the city of Ashkelon, during the British Mandate of Palestine. His date of birth is not known for certain: according to his Palestinian passport, he was born on 1 January 1929, but he claimed to have actually been born in 1938. His father, Abdullah Yassin, died when he was three years old. Afterward, he became known in his neighborhood as Ahmad Sa'ada after his mother Sa'ada al-Habeel. This was to differentiate him from the children of his father's other three wives. Together, Yassin had four brothers and two sisters. He and his entire family fled to Gaza, settling in al-Shati Camp after his village was captured by the Israel Defence Forces during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.

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