Hamas threatens to kill ministers

Masri: If Israel foolishly targets Hamas leaders or ministers, "Hamas will likewise take action."

A Hamas leader threatened on Saturday to assassinate Israeli leaders if Israel were to target the group's heads, promising to hit "a minister for a minister." "Any Israeli stupidity of targeting Hamas leaders or ministers - Hamas will likewise take action," Mushir al-Masri said in a statement reported by the DPA news agency. "Vis-à-vis the Israeli threats to target ministers, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh or any other leader, [Hamas's armed wing] would treat the Israelis on the principle of a head for a head and a minister for a minister." Al-Masri was responding to threats by Israeli officials that Hamas leaders may be targeted if attacks on Israel by its operatives in the Gaza Strip continue.