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Senior Hamas figure critically wounded in Gaza accident:

AFP  |  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) 

A senior figure in Palestinian Islamist group was hospitalised in critical condition today with a gunshot wound to the head, after what officials said was an accident.

said in a statement Imad al-Alami, a former member of Hamas's highest political body, was wounded while "inspecting his personal weapon in his home and is in critical condition".

A medical source said he had been rushed to a hospital in City.

There was no independent confirmation of details of the incident.

Alami has for decades been a of Hamas, which runs the Strip.

has accused him of planning multiple attacks.

He lived in exile for more than 20 years but returned to in 2012.

His home in Gaza was bombed by during the most recent war between the two sides in 2014.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 17:20 IST