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Al-Dalou family home after IDF strike
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Hamas: Israel tried to kill armed wing leader Mohammed Deif

Hamas' military wing call on Israel to 'reveal the real reason' behind bombing of Gaza City home, that Palestinians say was hit by 5 missiles; child and woman killed in attack, as well as third unidentified victim.

Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouk charged on Wednesday after Gaza truce talks collapsed in a spasm of violence that Israel had targeted the group's armed wing leader Mohammed Deif in one of its air strikes on Tuesday in the coastal territory.



The IDF would not specify any of the targets of some 30 attacks across Gaza in response to rocket fire aimed at Israel. Marzouk said Israel had ruptured the truce alleging it was in order "to assassinate Mohammed Deif," but that civilians were killed at the site of the attack.



The three-story home of al-Dalou family was reportedly hit by 5 missiles, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported. Palestinian health officials said three people were killed in a strike on a house in Gaza City, including a three-year-old girl and a woman, that Abu Marzouk said were Deif's wife and child. The third victim was not identified.


Hamas' military wing called on Israel to "reveal the real reason behind the cowardly act they committed when they bombed the home of the Dalou family" at the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City.


A member of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo said the heavy barrage of rockets fired on Tuesday night was a response to the "massacre" at the al-Dalou home.


The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said that "Israel, in this treacherous action, opened the gates of hell upon itself and it will pay a heavy price."


The IDF said it attacked over 30 targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday from the later afternoon hours in response to resumed rocket fire at southern Israel.


According to reports, the IDF attacked control and command sites in agricultural near Beit Lahiya, in Al-Zaytun neighborhood in Gaza City and in the Maghazi refugee camp. There were also reports of artillery fire in the northern Gaza Strip. Later reports were of IDF strikes in open areas in the center and north of the Strip, as well as a post of one of the military factions in Rafah.


Hospital officials reported that five Palestinians, two of them children, were wounded.


The attacks spurred a new exodus of dozens of Palestinian families who had fled previous fighting and returned home only days ago. They were flocking to UN shelters, anticipating heavy IDF response fire on Gaza. Another report said movement on the streets in the Strip has decreased since the rocket fire at Israel, likely due to the fear of IDF strikes.


A senior political source told Ynet that Prime Minister Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon have ordered the IDF to respond to the rocket fire by hitting "terror targets".


In a statement, the IDF said it was attacking targets throughout the Strip, and said it was "ready to continue and work to secure the residents of Israel." Palestinians said that the Strip was sustaining IDF fire from both sea and air.


"In response to the breach in the ceasefire by Hamas, the prime minister and defense minister have ordered the IDF to hit terror targets in Gaza," an official within the Prime Minister's Office said.


Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


פרסום ראשון: 08.20.14, 00:26
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