Middle East

Israeli strike kills Hamas finance official

Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike on a three-story building belonging to the Abdul Hadi family in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

JERUSALEM: Israel said Sunday it had killed a top Hamas financial official in an air strike on Gaza City, as it continued a policy of targeted assassinations against the Palestinian group.

Mohammed al-Ghul "was an important Hamas actor who dealt with transferring funds to build terror infrastructure in Gaza, such as tunnels, and was a key target," Israeli army spokesman Major Arye Shalicar said.

The air strike targeted a car in Gaza City, killing Ghul, the army said.

Palestinian medics in Gaza confirmed his death.

On Thursday, Israel's military killed three senior members of Hamas's armed wing the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, just days after trying to kill its military chief Mohammed Deif.

A strike that levelled a six-storey building killed Deif's wife and two of his children.

Several other air strikes brought Sunday's death toll to at least 14 people, including six children.

The conflict, which erupted on July 8 when Israel launched a campaign against militant groups in Gaza, has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including nearly 500 children, and 68 people in Israel, including one child and three other civilians.





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