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Yassin killing condemned

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican was quick to condemn the killing of Hamas founder and spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, assassinated on March 22 by Israeli forces in Gaza City.

“The Holy See joins the international community in expressing its disapproval of this act of violence, which is not justifiable in any state of law,” said the head of the Holy See’s press office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

Missiles from Israeli helicopters killed Yassin early on March 22 as he left a mosque near his home in Gaza City.

Seven of his bodyguards — including two of his sons — also were killed. Palestinians said 15 other people were injured in the attack.

Israeli military sources called the killing “a significant strike against a central pillar in the Hamas terrorist organisation”.

From Jerusalem, CNS reported that Middle East Catholic leaders said Israel’s killing of Ahmed Yassin would put people at the mercy of extremists.

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