Nizar Rayan

 

Age: 49

 

Summary: top military commander and senior religious leader of the Palestinian governing group Hamas known for personally participating clashes with Israel forces and for sending one of his sons on a 2001 suicide mission that killed two Israelis who was a former professor of Islamic law at Gaza's Islamic University before he served as both director and financier of the 2004 terrorist attack at Ashdod's port that killed 10 Israelis and later reportedly replaced Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as the organization's top clerical authority after Yassin's assassination in 2004.

 

 

Cause of Death: Killed in an Israeli air strike

 

Born: March 6, 1959

 

Died: January 1, 2009

 

Location: Gaza, Israel