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Israeli minister says Hamas leader Deif 'deserves to die'
Published Wednesday 20/08/2014 (updated) 23/08/2014 14:07
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Then Israeli Education Minister Gideon Saar pictured at a press
conference at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in
Jerusalem on February 1, 2012.(AFP/File Gali Tibbon)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an airstrike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, saying he was a legitimate target.

"Mohammed Deif deserves to die just like (the late al-Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden. He is an arch murderer and as long as we have an opportunity we will try to kill him," Interior Minister Gideon Saar told army radio.

It was not immediately clear whether Deif had been killed or injured in the strike, which leveled a six-story house in Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighborhood late on Tuesday.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra initially said three people were killed in the strike, among them an unidentified man, but later revised the toll down to two. He did not explain why.

Among the dead were Deif's second wife, Widad, 27, and his seven-month-old son Ali. Rescue workers on Wednesday pulled the bodies of a 48-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy from the rubble, Qudra said.

Witnesses said at least three rockets were fired at the building, home to the al-Dalou family, pulverizing it into a pile of dust, debris and twisted metal and leaving a huge crater in the ground where the building once stood.

Appointed head of Hamas' armed wing in 2002 after his predecessor Salah Shehade was assassinated when Israel dropped a one-ton bomb on his house, Deif has already escaped five previous assassination attempts by Israel.

The Israelis see him as "the brains" behind the campaign of suicide bombings that targeted buses and public places during the Second Intifada (2000-2005) and consider him personally responsible for the deaths of dozens of civilians.
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1 ) mexica / mexico
20/08/2014 19:46
osama worked for israel. deif work for the palestinian cause. like always racist settler is saying nonesense.

2 ) Marnie / Israel
21/08/2014 12:26
Did his wife and child deserve to die? Were they also legitimate targets? What would happen if someone killed the wife and child of a high-ranking official in the IDF? Aren't they enemy combatants, terrorists and legitimate targets? It seems that Palestinians once again are the arbiters of morality.

3 ) Ameratha Tamerix / Italy
21/08/2014 14:56
#2: Marnie, Bibi is getting desperate. Having killed over 2000 Gazan's (approx. 75% who were non combatant) & wounding over 10, 000, he needs to shift the focus. Now he's started on the Hamas commanders in the hope that it will deflect from what Israel has done & elicit more sympathy worldwide, by pushing the 'Khamas' terror agenda. The collective punishment of family members is a war crime, but until Abbas signs RS & stops security co op with Israel & kneeling to US, war crimes stay unpunished.

4 ) Mel / USA
21/08/2014 20:32
LOL! Who opened the Likud-Lunatic cage again? Man,Israel is so full of Moldovan/Ukrainian mafia punks/thugs who imagine they are Middle Eastern Jews! Giora/Gideon Zarechensky/Sarashensky blah,blah....must be lost in the Middle East after their ancestry is Ukrainian?
Anyway "Sara"Sa'ar must be looking to run in the elections eh? LOL!
What no jobs for Zarechensky in Russia,Ukraine(Nulands Cookies)or Argentina? RESISTANCE against oppression is a HUMAN RIGHT "Sara"!

5 ) david moore / israel
21/08/2014 21:38
They interviewed the families of the militants and they all said they wanted to be martyrs for the cause and go to heaven. Ironically, the Pro-Palestinian supporters are often going against the wishes of the people they support.

6 ) cubby / USA
23/08/2014 14:25
what goes around will come around, Allah is Just
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