Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, kill 34 overnight

Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh and flattened it before dawn. More than 30 people were killed in the assaults from air, land and sea, residents said

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, kill 34 overnight

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli fighter jets pounded the house of deputy chief of Hamas political office Ismail Haniyeh in western Gaza City, but no injuries were reported, eyewitnesses said.

According to the witnesses, the Israeli warplanes fired three missiles at Haniyeh’s house in Al-Shati refugee camp, causing serious damage to the house as well as other nearby residences.

"My house is not dearer than any of the houses of our people," Haniyeh was quoted as saying on a Hamas website. "The destruction of stones will not break our will and we will continue our resistance until we gain freedom."

Israeli war jets had already bombed the houses of 12 Hamas leaders since the beginning of its crippling military offensive against the Palestinian enclave.

At least 11 Palestinians were killed early Tuesday and 50 others injured in fresh Israeli airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, increasing to 34 the number of Palestinians killed since midnight, a Palestinian Health Ministry official said.

Five Palestinians from Duhair family were killed and 20 others injured in an Israeli aerial attack on their home in Rafah town, southern Gaza Strip, while another airstrike claimed the lives of three from Naggar family and wounded 15 others in Khan Younis in the south, Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency.

A third airstrike killed three in Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, he added.

At least 15 Palestinians were also injured in aerial and artillery attacks on Gaza City, the spokesman said.

The new fatalities brought the death toll in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of Israel's ongoing operation against the enclave on July 7 to 1119, al-Qodra said.

He added that 6550 more Palestinians were injured by Israeli strikes and artillery shelling since the beginning of the war.

Warplanes also hit the offices of Hamas-run television and radio stations in Gaza City, with no casualties reported, eyewitnesses said.

An Israeli airstrike against the headquarters of Al-Aqsa satellite channel in Nasr neighborhood in western Gaza City left the building totally destroyed and nearby houses damaged, the witnesses said.

Another raid targeted the offices of Al-Aqsa radio station in al-Shorouk tower in western Gaza City, causing the disruption of the service, they added.

This is not the first time Israeli military aircraft hit the Hamas-run media outlets in Gaza.

In 2008, the headquarters of Al-Aqsa TV station was struck by an Israeli aerial attack in 2008. Two of the channel’s cameramen were also killed in an Israeli raid against their vehicle two years later.

Al-Shefaa Hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, was targeted on Monday by an Israeli drone, a medical source and an eyewitness said.

"An Israeli drone shelled one of the gates of the hospital, partially destroying it," the eyewitness said.

Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra, meanwhile, said the attack did not cause any human casualties at the hospital.

Troops also opened their gunfire on an ambulance in the northern Gaza Strip Jabalia camp, an eyewitness said.

He added that one of the aid responders on the ambulance was wounded as a result of the shooting.

A medical source, meanwhile, described the injury of the aid responder as "moderate". He said aid responder Haitham Abu Al-Lil was heading to Jabalia to rescue the victims of an Israeli strike there.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said earlier that the Israeli army had attacked 14 ambulances since it began the war on Gaza on July 7.

Israel launched a series of strikes against different parts of the Gaza Strip on Monday, leaving at least 27 people dead and more than 140 others injured throughout the day.

Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with fierce aerial bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from the strip, leaving at least 1069 Palestinians dead and more than 6350 others injured.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.

According to official Israeli figures, 48 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the hostilities began.

Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.

In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed in Israel's three-week-long operation "Cast Lead."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Temmuz 2014, 10:30

Muhammed Öylek