Rantisi assassination: Hamas appoints new chief in Gaza Strip, vows to destroy Israel

Published April 18th, 2004 - 02:00 GMT

The Hamas leadership has selected a new chief in the Gaza Strip to replace the assassinated leader Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the Lebanon-based Al Manar television station reported Sunday. However, according to the report, the new leader's name will not be publicly declared.  


Earlier, the head of the Hamas politburo Khaled Mashaal suggested from Damascus to appoint an heir to Rantisi immediately, but to avoid revealing his name, fearing another assassination.  


Hours after the Hamas leader was killed in an Israeli helicopter missile strike on his car Saturday evening in Gaza City, Hamas armed wing issued a statement vowing "100 retaliations" that will shake "the criminal entity". 


Hamas said it would not be deterred in its struggle to destroy the Jewish state. "Israel will regret this. Revenge is coming," said a senior Hamas leader at the Gaza hospital where Rantisi was pronounced dead. 


"This blood will not be wasted. It is our fate in Hamas and it is our fate as Palestinians to die as martyrs. The battle will not weaken our determination or break our will," Ismail Haniya told reporters. (Albawaba.com)

© 2004 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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