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Jihad leader, 5 relatives killed as Israel attacks family home

July 9, 2014 1:34 A.M. (Updated: July 10, 2014 2:23 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes bombed the home of a senior Islamic Jihad militant after midnight Tuesday, killing him and five members of his family in an attack on the family's home, medics said.

A Gaza health ministry spokesman said the attack killed Hafiz Hamad and five members of his family.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Ministry of Health, confirmed the deaths of six relatives in the attack on the Hamad family home in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

He identified them as Hafiz Mohammed Hamad, 30, Ibrahim Mamedhmed, 26, Mahdi Mohammed Hamad, 46, Fawzia Khalil Hamad, 62, Mehdi Hamad, 16, and Suha Hamad 25.

Israel's military did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

Furthermore, an airstrike on al-Shouka neighborhood of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning killed 24-year-old Abdul-Hadi al-Sufi and seriously wounded one other person, al-Qidra said.

That attack and the airstrike targeting the Hamad family home would bring the total number of Palestinians killed since Monday in Gaza to 24.

Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed six Palestinians on Tuesday night.

A child was killed and two others wounded in an airstrike on the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City in the early evening.

Suleiman Salman Abu al-Sawaween, 30, was killed and another critically injured in an airstrike on al-Qarara, north of Khan Younis.

Ahmad Moussa Habib, 48, and Ahmad Ahed Habib, 19, were killed after an airstrike targeted a tuk-tuk vehicle in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medics said.

Fakhri Saleh Ajjouri was reported killed after an airstrike targeted a motorcycle near Abraj al-Sheikh Zayed in the northern Gaza Strip.

Earlier, seven Palestinians were killed and 25 were severely injured in an Israeli airstrike targeting a house in the southern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

An eight-year-old child, Siraj Iyad Abdulal, later died from injuries sustained in the airstrike.

A missile slammed into the house in Khan Younis after people had reportedly formed a human shield to protect it, killing seven people, including two children.

Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbors to gather at the house as a human shield and that, shortly afterwards, an F-16 warplane fired a missile that leveled the building.

The house belonged to the al-Kaware family.

Abduallah Kaware, Mohammad Ashour, 13, Riyadh Kaware, Mahmoud Judeh, Bakir Mahmoud Judeh, 22, Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 22, and Hussein Mohammad Kaware, 14, were killed.

"The Khan Younis massacre ... of children is a horrendous war crime, and all Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Facebook.
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