Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Hamas: Israeli airstrike killed wife, child of Qassam chief


GAZA CITY, (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes killed the wife and child of Hamas' military chief in Gaza overnight, exiled leader Mousa Abu Marzouq said early Wednesday.

"The Israeli occupation took missiles fired from Gaza as a pretext to target a senior Hamas personality," Abu Marzouq wrote on Facebook, referring to Muhammad Deif, the commander of the al-Qassam Brigades.

"The wife of the great leader was martyred with his daughter," in a strike Tuesday night, he said.

An Israeli strike late Tuesday targeted the al-Dalou home in Sheikh Radwan, killing a woman and a young girl, medics said.

Ma'an reporters in Gaza said the attack killed two children, one of whom was Deif's son, and Deif's wife.

Meanwhile, seven Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a home in Deir al-Balah, medics said.

The victims were identified as Raafat al-Louh, his brothers Muhammad and Ahmad, his pregnant wife Nabila, his sons Farah, Maysara, and Mustafa.

Medics were unable to save Nabila's fetus, though she had been nine months pregnant.

Eight others were injured in the attack and evacuated to al-Aqsa Martyrs' hospital in in Deir al-Balah. more

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