Norway condemns killing of Hamas leader

«Norway condemns the killing this morning of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin,» said the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen.

Yassin was killed Monday in an Israeli helicopter attack as he was leaving a mosque in Gaza. Yassin, who was in a wheelchair and almost blind, was one of the most powerful men in the Middle East and one of Israel’s most fiers enemies.

«This act will lead to greater tension in the area and impede implementation of the Roadmap for Peace and Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza,» Petersen said. «We realise that Hamas has been responsible for a number of terrorist operations, which we have deeply deplored. This does not, however, justify extrajudicial killings like the one we have now seen.»

Yassin’s power was reaching new heights as more and more Palestinians turned their backs to the proposed peace process, and Yassin’s supporters grew even more determined after Israelis tried to kill their leader in September of last year.

«The killing of Sheikh Yassin has created an extremely dangerous situation. I urge the parties to refrain from further violence and lay the groundwork as soon as possible so that the Roadmap for Peace can be implemented,» Petersen emphasised. «Efforts to implement an agreed Israeli withdrawal from Gaza must be given top priority.»

According to the BBC, Yassin had nothing, but contempt for the people who tried to negotiate peace with Israel.

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