Three Hamas commanders killed by Israeli air strike
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:22
Hamas says Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in an air strike on the Gaza Strip, the clearest signal yet that Israel is intent on eliminating the group's military leadership. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Dark days in Gaza.
Palestinians search for bodies in the rubble of a home destroyed by an overnight Israeli air strike.
Hamas says Israel is now targeting its leadership. It says attacks in the town of Rafah, killed three senior Hamas commanders.
They were buried soon afterwards
Hamas Spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, is calling for revenge:
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS SPOKESMAN SAMI ABU ZUHRI SAYING:
"The assassination of the al-Qassam leaders in Rafah is a big crime that will not succeed in breaking the will of the Palestinian people or weakening the resistance. And the occupation will pay the price God willing."
Yesterday, Hamas says, Israel targeted their top commander, Mohammed Deif.
The attack failed to kill Deif but did kill his wife and son, both of whom were laid to rest hours later.
Hamas believes these latest air strikes send a clear message: Israel is now intent on eliminating the group's military leadership.
But Hamas says it will keep up its fight against Israel until the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted.
With continued rocket fire toward Israeli cities, and air strikes on Gaza, the conflict shows no signs of easing up.
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