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Militants' Bodyguards Court Death in Gaza

As a bodyguard to Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, there was nothing Akram Nassar could do to stop the Israeli missile that killed them both. “I knew it was only a question of time before he died as a martyr, whether with Rantissi or anywhere else in the battle,” said his 65-year-old father, Mansi Nassar. Being a Palestinian militant’s bodyguard is often a career for life — and a very short one — but there are plenty of eager volunteers in the Gaza Strip, where 3-1/2 years of conflict have fueled a culture of “martyrdom.” His hand tight around his rifle, Nassar had shadowed Rantissi at rallies and religious ceremonies. He was in the car on April 17, when an Israeli missile killed the leader of the Islamic fundamentalist group that is bent on destroying Israel and has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings. Full Story

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