Israel kills top Gaza militant, five others in air strike
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 00:58
Militant Hafez Hamad, two brothers and his parents were killed when his house was bombed in an air strike in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas media and Gaza interior ministry said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Israel killed a top local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group in the northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday (July 9), neighbors and hospital officials said, and five others including family members were also killed.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no initial details on the strike.
The militant, Hafez Hamad, two brothers and his parents were killed when his house was bombed in an air strike in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Hamas media and Gaza interior ministry said. An unidentified woman in the house was also killed.
That brought the death toll in Gaza to at least 22 since Israel launched its offensive on Tuesday. It included four Hamas gunmen, a senior Islamic Jihad leader and 17 civilians, including seven children.
Militants in Gaza fired more rockets at Tel Aviv on Wednesday, targeting Israel's heartland after Israeli attacks in the enclave that Palestinian officials said have killed at least 27 people.
No casualties were reported in the rocket barrages, on the second day of an intensified Israeli offensive in the Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip. Missiles from Israel's Iron Dome defence system shot into the sky to intercept the projectiles.
The rocket salvoes have sent people racing for bomb shelters, but businesses remained open in Israel, traffic flowed and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange seemed to be unfazed, with shares opening higher.
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