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Hamas accuses Israel army of assassinating doctor Iyad al-Rantisi

Wednesday 19-June-2024


The Hamas Movement has accused the Israeli occupation army of assassinating Palestinian doctor Iyad al-Rantisi, saying he was killed under torture a few days after he was kidnaped from a hospital in the Gaza Strip in last November.

“The assassination of Palestinian doctor Iyad al-Rantisi in an Israeli detention center, months after he was kidnaped along with hundreds of doctors and workers from hospitals and health centers by the terrorist occupation army, has confirmed further the criminal and barbaric nature of this fascist entity and its criminal behavior towards our people,” Hamas said in a statement on Wednesday.

Hamas also described Rantisi’s assassination as “part of the Israeli genocidal war that targeted all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip.”

Hamas called for urgent international action to know the fate of hundreds of Gazans who were kidnaped by Israeli forces from hospitals and shelter centers, and work on having them released.

Rantisi died last November under interrogation by the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, six days after his detention, the Haaretz news website reported on Tuesday.

Iyad Rantisi, 53, was the director of the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.

“He was arrested November 11 and was declared dead six days later at Shikma prison, a Shin Bet interrogation facility,” Haaretz said.

“After Rantisi’s death, the Ashkelon magistrate’s court issued a six-month gag order prohibiting publication of all details of the case, including the existence of the gag order. The court order expired in May,” Haaretz added.

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