Hamas military wing Al-Qassam Brigades organised a military parade in the centre of the Gaza Strip on Monday to mark the 11th anniversary of Israel’s assassination of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Felesteen newspaper reported.
Hundreds of Al-Qassam fighters took to the streets holding pictures of Sheikh Yassin, while Gaza residents watched the parade.
The anniversary was also marked with the launch of the official Hamas website. Deputy Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh announced the launch of the Arabic website from the former home of Sheikh Yassin, which is now a small museum.
Hamas is to launch an official English website on 18 April, to mark the anniversary of the assassination of Hamas leader Abdul-Aziz al-Rantisi.
Sheikh Yassin was born in 1936 in Al-Jorah Village in Askalan, which is now known as the Israeli city of Ashkelon. He was forced to flee to Al-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza.
He began his anti-occupation activities in the 1960’s and was sent to prison on many occasions as a result.
Yassin and a group of his close friends founded Hamas in 1987, the start of the first Palestinian Intifada.
On March 22 2004, the Israeli military targeted the elderly and wheelchair bound Yassin with three rockets just 70 metres away from a mosque. The attack also killed around 12 other residents.