KAMEL RANAJA: KILLED IN HIS HOME
IN January this year, a senior Hamas figure was killed at his home in the Syrian capital Damascus in an operation that the Islamists swiftly attributed to The Mossad.
Kamel Ranaja was the deputy to Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was killed in a Dubai hotel in 2010.
A Hamas official said: “A group of people entered the home of Kamel Ranaja and killed him.
“According to information that we have gathered, The Mossad is behind the attack.”
Ranaja’s death was announced in a Hamas statement which said he died “in the service of his cause” and that his “blood would not be wasted”.
The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, said Ranaja “wasn’t one of the righteous men of the generation” and that there were probably many people interested in his death.
The Mossad, as ever, made no comment on claims of its involvement in the assassination.
Damascus was also the scene of another death in February 2008, when a bomb tore apart the Mitsubishi Pajero belonging to Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, to whom hundreds of deaths have been attributed.
DEATH PLEDGE: Hamas said Ranaja’s blood would not be wasted