Palestinian fighter killed as Australia lists Hamas leaders as ''terrorists''

Published November 21st, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip killed a Palestinian fighter crawling toward the fence around the settlement of Netzarim on Thursday night, Israel Radio reported. 


Meanwhile, Australia listed six senior leaders of Hamas as "terrorists" Friday and froze the assets of five charities that it said help fund the movement's activities.  


The Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Friday he had acted because the men and organizations "are involved in terrorism."  


The six individuals are Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the leader and founder of Hamas; Imad Khalil Al-Alami, a member of the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, Syria; Usama Hamdan, a senior Hamas official in Lebanon; Khalid Mishaal, head of the Hamas political bureau and executive committee in Damascus; Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the political bureau in Syria, and Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a senior Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip.  


According to Downer, Australia was obligated under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 to freeze the assets of "terrorists" and related organizations or people.(

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