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Yahya Sinwar, Israel’s Most Wanted Hamas Leader, Is Still Alive

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4th April 2024
Yahya Sinwar, Israel’s Most Wanted Hamas Leader, Is Still Alive
Yahya Sinwar is still alive (X)

The Claim

Israeli occupation forces eliminated the leader of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar.

Emerging story

Against the backdrop of the ongoing Israel war on Gaza, social media users widely alleged that the Israeli occupation forces eliminated the leader of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be fake.

No reliable media outlets reported the killing of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in Gaza.

Yahya Sinwar Is Still Alive 

Contrary to social media users’ claim, the claim is baseless. No trustworthy media outlets reported the news.

However, the claim started circulating on April 1, and it was intended as an April Fool's joke that was taken seriously by some users online.

The original publisher of the claim commented again on his post in the X account, confirming that the elimination of Hamas leader by the IOF started as an April’s joke.

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April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day, observed annually on April 1, boasts a rich history spanning centuries across various cultures, yet its precise beginnings elude us. 

This tradition entails the playful enactment of hoaxes and practical jokes, typically punctuated with the declaration "April Fools" to reveal the joke. Despite its enigmatic origins, the enduring appeal of April Fool's Day antics within the media and among prominent brands has solidified its status as a beloved unofficial holiday.

Notably, International Fact-Checking Day falls on April 2, just one day after April Fool's Day.

Yahya Sinwar, Israel’s Most Wanted Hamas Politician

Israel believed that Yahya Sinwar was implicated in orchestrating Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on October 7.

In December, the Israeli military circulated leaflets in Gaza offering a reward of $400,000 for information leading to his capture. Israeli military leaders have characterized Sinwar as "a dead man walking."

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A photo shows the head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar (ABC News)

In 1989, an Israeli court sentenced Sinwar to four life sentences for his involvement in the killings of suspected Palestinian informants and a plot to murder two Israeli soldiers.

Following his imprisonment, Sinwar served 22 years behind bars and was among over 1,000 Palestinian detainees released in 2011 in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held captive by Hamas for five years.

In 2014, Yahya Sinwar was a prominent figure in Hamas' political leadership in Gaza. Three years later, in 2017, he was elected as the overall leader of Hamas in the region.

Recent Updates About Israel's Aggression in Gaza

Seven aid workers from the humanitarian organization World Central Kitchen lost their lives in an Israeli military strike on Monday night while they were on a mission to deliver food to civilians in Gaza.

According to World Central Kitchen, the workers were traveling in two armored vehicles adorned with the charity’s logo and identified as "a soft skin vehicle" within a designated safe zone.

In addition, Israel has left al-Shifa hospital after about two weeks of invasion, leaving behind a wasteland. Gaza Civil Defense has reported the recovery of at least 300 bodies from the premises. 

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