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Palestinians Shocked, Gloomy and Boiling

Following Sheikh Yassin's Murder: Palestinians Shocked, Gloomy and Boiling

GAZA, Palestine - - A horrible state of mourning engulfed the Palestinians following the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yaseen, the founder and spiritual leader of "Hamas" today dawn in an Israeli air strike shortly after leaving "the Islamic society" mosque, adjacent to his home, after Dawn Prayer in Al Sabra neighborhood in Gaza.

Instant public mourning was declared including NGOs, while thousands of Palestinians took to the streets rallying and chanting angry slogans as well as burning vehicle tires.

At 5:10 of this morning, an Israeli missile hit the wheelchair-bound Sheikh Yaseen followed by two others, instantly killing him and tearing him into pieces. Mosques, using megaphones, immediately announced the killing of Yassen and urged people to hurry to the crime scene.

Thousands of people, from different categories, headed to Elshefa' hospital to ascertain the news of the assassination then organized in a public massive march, crossing Elmokhtar, Elthalatheni, and Elmoghrabi streets, heading to Yaseen's house near which he was killed.

The Palestinian National Authority declared today morning a three days mourning in and outside the Palestinian territories, decrying the Israeli assassination of the martyr Sheikh Ahmed Yaseen along with others.

In an official communiqué issued today, the Palestinian President called upon all Palestinians to strongly outlast and unify in the face of the Israeli aggression.

Such a crime has been described as being "timid" targeting Sheikh Yassen in addition to other civilians and would enhance and strengthen the unity among all Palestinian national and Islamic factions facing the Israeli barbarism that encroached all limits and red lines.

The strong state of fear that the Israelis thought would engulf the Palestinians following this crime has actually moved to the Israeli streets, as fear of retaliation attacks against Israeli tanks increased among the Israelis.

A state of high alert has been declared by the Israeli authorities in all its areas shortly after the murder. Further, the Israeli authorities imposed tight siege upon Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the Voice of Israel reported.

Concurrently, a similar state has been declared in the Israeli jails fearing any protesting actions by the Palestinian prisoners.

Such a state has been particularly declared in the Israeli prison of Shata, which holds a large number of Hamas prisoners, while more than 800 prisoners of all the Israeli jails refused having their breakfast, yet the prisons administrations believed that this step might be the beginning of a hunger strike, Israeli resources reported.

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