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Ismail Haniyeh Photo: AFP
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IAF strikes Haniyeh's office

Israeli helicopters fire three missiles at office building of Hamas prime minister, completely destroying it; Hamas says 'Israel has crossed the line.' Seven targets attacked by IDF Saturday night; 70 Palestinians killed in Operation Warm Winter so far

Ali Waked and AP
Published: 03.02.08, 07:39 / Israel News

Israeli aircraft attacked the office building of Palestinian Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, and witnesses said the building was destroyed early Sunday.

 

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Israeli attack helicopters hit the building with three missiles, the witnesses said, damaging other buildings in the area. The office was empty at the time of the raid, just before 2 am Sunday. About five people were wounded and adjacent buildings sustained damage as well.

 

Three Palestinians have been killed in IDF strikes overnight, Gaza sources reported.

 

A Hamas official declared that "Israel has crossed the line" by striking.

 

Some 70 Palestinians have been killed so far in Operation Warm Winter.

 

The IDF confirmed attacking Haniyeh's house, as well as a weapons factory in the Strip. Local sources reported that the IDF attacked a target in the Sudaniya neighborhood in Gaza, killing at least one civilian and wounding two.

 

Mosque hit in Rafah (Photo: AP)

 

Seven targets have been targeted by IAF jets during Saturday night, including three arms caches, three weapons production facilities and Haniyeh's office. According to the Palestinians, five people have been killed in strikes in Rafah Saturday night on the local Hamas police station and a mosque.

 

A Palestinian security source in Gaza defined the IDF's strike in Rafah as "the height of the IDF's moral bankruptcy, after it realized it has lost the campaign against the armed groups it now focuses on hurting civilians and civilian infrastructure."

 

Earlier Saturday, two Hamas members have been killed in an IDF strike on a police station in Khan Younis. In a separate strike on the Yarmuk neighborhood, five people have been killed, including a three-month-old baby. Another Palestinian was killed in Jabalya.

 

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