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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

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