(1971 - 1993)
Emad Aqel was a Hamas terrorist.
Aqel was born in the Gaza
Strip on July 10, 1971. He completed his secondary school education
in 1988. He applied for admission to Al Amal Institute in Gaza to study
pharmacology, but was arrested by the Israeli authorities on September
23, 1988. He was tried on charges of affiliation with Hamas and participation in the intifada.
He spent 18 months in jail and was released in March 1990. In the academic
year 1991/1992, he was admitted in Hitteen College in Amman to study
Islamic Sharia, but Israeli officials did not allow him to cross the
bridge to Jordan.
In the beginning of 1991 he was nominated as a liaison
officer between the "Martyrs group," the first militant group
of Al Qassam Brigades, and the Brigades command. The Martyrs group basically
specialized in killing Arabs who were deemed to be "collaborators."
The group also collected their weapons which were used to attack Israeli
civilians and soldiers.
On May 22, 1992, he moved to the West
Bank and formed several terror cells there. On November 13, 1992, he returned to Gaza after establishing
the military work in the West Bank and after scores of Al Qassam militants
in the West Bank were arrested. He refused to leave the Gaza Strip in
On November 24, 1993, after two years of pursuit by
Israel, the IDF surrounded Shaja'eya quarter in Gaza and Aqel exchanged fire with the
soldiers. Several Israeli soldiers were killed in the gun battle as