Israel Claims Hamas Security Chief Dead in Attack

By Josef Federman | January 15, 2009 | 1:40 PM EST

Palestinian firefighters work to try and put out a fire and save bags of food aid at the United Nations headquarters after it was hit in Israeli bombardment in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

Jerusalem (AP) - Israeli security officials say the army has killed the Hamas interior minister, who oversaw thousands of security agents in the Gaza Strip.
 
Officials from the military and Shin Bet security agency say Said Siam was killed while hiding in his brother's home in Gaza City. Siam is considered to be among Hamas' top five leaders in Gaza.
 
The Israeli officials said forces attacked the house after receiving information he was inside. Israeli intelligence believes he is dead.
 
Palestinian medical officials confirmed the house was attacked, but there was no word from Hamas on his fate.
 
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement by the military.
Israeli security officials say the army has killed the Hamas interior minister, who oversaw thousands of security agents in the Gaza Strip.