[Ed. – Feel-good story of the day]
A senior Hamas figure in Gaza has been shot in the head in what the militant Palestinian group says was an accident.
Imad al-Alami shot himself while “inspecting his personal weapon in his home” and was in a critical condition, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.
Medical sources say Mr Alami, a former member of Hamas’s political bureau who has close ties to Iran, is being treated at a hospital in Gaza City.
There was no independent confirmation of the circumstances of the incident.
Some initial reports suggested it might have been an assassination attempt.
Mr Alami, who is reportedly in his 60s and is also known as Abu Hamam, was one of the founders of Hamas.
In 2003, the US declared him a “specially designated global terrorist”.
It identified him as a member of the Hamas political bureau based in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and said he had oversight responsibility for the group’s military wing in Gaza and the West Bank.