Sheik Ahmed Yassin

 

Age: 66

 

Summary: spiritual leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas and a symbolic figure for Palestinians to resistance against Israel who helped establish Hamas and became its spiritual leader in 1987, who was blamed by the Israeli government for planning suicide bombings and other attacks against Israel, though he denied the allegations, and who was confined to a wheelchair (he was paralyzed since boyhood), nearly blind and very hard of hearing.

 

 

Cause of Death: Killed in an Israeli air strike

 

Born: June 28, 1937

 

Died: March 22, 2004

 

Location: Gaza, Israel