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Israeli airstrike did not kill Hamas commander, armed wing says

Mourners chant angry slogans during the funeral of Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

GAZA: Hamas's military wing said on Wednesday an Israeli air strike in Gaza had failed to kill its military commander, Mohammed Deif.

In a televised statement, a masked spokesman for the Izz-el-Din al-Qassam Brigade said Israel had missed its target. Deif's wife and seven-month-old son were killed in the attack.

"The leaders of the enemy were behind their offices looking at the screens and their intelligence and apparatuses made them believe that the moment of celebration was imminent," the Hamas spokesman said. "You have failed and you have missed."

He also warned of further Hamas rocket attacks on Israel's strategic interests, including Ben Gurion airport east of Tel Aviv from early on Thursday morning.

 

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