Muhammad Hassan Shama

 

 

 

Age: 76

 

Summary: co-founder of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip who had been revered by Hamas loyalists but was nearly anonymous outside Gaza as one of the eight founders of the Islamist group in the 1980's, in which Hamas publicly announced for the first time that Shama had been leader of the secretive Shura Council, its top governing body.

 

 

Cause of Death: Aftereffects of a stroke

 

Born: 1935

 

Died: June 10, 2011

 

Location: Gaza City, Israel