The Azzadin Al-Kassam Brigades of the Hamas organization has announced that Husam Samir Al-Hams, who died of wounds suffered during Israel's Pillar of Defense counter-terror operation, was a Canadian citizen, according to a Thursday report by ShalomToronto. Born to a family of Land of Israel Arabs in Oman, he moved to Canada as a teenager in 1993 to obtain the citizenship, which he used to visit Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (Shomron) from the family's base in Gaza.
Trained in a number of technical areas, Al-Hams joined Hamas in 2002, pledging an oath to the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Three years later he joined the Al-Kassam Brigades, where he served in the anti-tank unit, dug tunnels, planted explosives and joined a heavy-weapons unit to shoot Israeli planes and boats. He also served in the Hamas police and took part in a number of ambushes. He participated in Operation Cast Lead as well as Pillar of Defense, meeting his end as one of two terrorists staffing an anti-aircraft position in the closing days of Pillar of Defense. His partner was killed on the spot, but Al-Hams lived another 12 days before dying in an Egyptian hospital.