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Hamas top leader killed, says Israel

world Updated: Jan 16, 2009 12:18 IST

Israeli security officials say the army has killed a top Hamas official in the Gaza Strip.

Officials from the military and Shin Bet security agency say Said Siam was killed while hiding in his brother's home in Gaza City. Siam is considered to be among Hamas' top five leaders in Gaza.

Siam was interior minister in Hamas' government in Gaza. The position oversees thousands of security agents, and Siam was widely feared.

The Israeli officials said forces attacked the house after receiving information he was inside. Israeli intelligence believes he is dead.

Palestinian medical officials confirmed the house was attacked, but there was no word from Hamas on his fate.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the military.