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Search for Mohammed Deif Continues in Gaza City Ruins

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The bodies of a 14 year old son of Mohammed Deif and a 48 year old woman were pulled from the rubble of a six-story dwelling Wednesday, sources say.

Gazans continue to search the rubble for Deif, the ‘spiritual leader’ of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas, in the ruins of the former al-Dalou home in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City.

Deif was meeting with two other top Hamas military commanders, one of whom was Mohamed Yassin, chief of Hamas operations, in the house when Israel Air Force fighter pilots destroyed it with bunker buster bombs in an air strike overnight Tuesday.

The body of 27-year-old Widad, Mohamed Deif’s second wife, and her 7-month-old son Ali, were recovered lateTuesday night following the attack on the home, which belonged t othe al-Dalou family. The building was pulverized into a “pile of dust, debris and twisted metal, and leaving a huge crater in the ground where the building once stood,” said witnesses quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

GOC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman warned heads of the regional council districts and government entities located near the Gaza border to “prepare for massive rocket fire” prior to the strike.

Deif survived four prior targeted assassination attempts over the years and it is not yet clear whether he survived the strike. He is considered the mastermind behind numerous suicide bombing plots in Israel, particularly during the second intifada (2000-2005) and is held personally responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israelis.

Israel Confirms: 3 Top Hamas Military Commanders Killed in Gaza

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

The Israel Air Force killed three top Gaza commanders of the Hamas Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing overnight Wednesday in Rafah, the Shin Bet confirmed. The loss of the three leaders comes as another heavy blow to Hamas.

Raed al-Attar, the most senior of the three, Mohammed Abu Shemaleh, and Mohammed Barhoum are dead, according to the Israel Security Agency (ISA / Shin Bet), as well as reports in Arab media. Al-Attar was involved in the abduction of former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in June 2006.

“The strike was the result of intelligence and operational activities, which led to the detection and attack on two central operatives from the heart of Hamas’s military leadership,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

It is still not clear whether the ‘spiritual’ head of Hamas in Gaza, Muhammad Deif, was killed in a bunker buster bombing attack late Tuesday night that killed his wife and infant son, and injured two children.

But Deif, known as the engineer who is responsible for the ‘military strategy’ of Hamas, is rarely seen and eschews all technology that could be used to track his movements. Deif is also held responsible for the development of the Qassam rockets, and is the mastermind of the suicide bombing plots that have terrorized Israeli society for decades.

According to local sources, Mohamed Yassin, chief of Hamas operations, and a chief of commanders, were together with Deif at the time of the attack which struck the six-story home of the al-Dalou family in the Sheikh Radwan section of Gaza City.

The home had three floors above ground and three below, according to sources that requested anonymity; Deif’s wife and children were in the floors above during the attack. Deif and his fellow terror leaders were in conference underground.

Five bombs were dropped on the home to ensure an accurate hit, according to Israeli intelligence sources who spoke with Fox News.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shin-bet-confirms-3-top-hamas-military-leaders-dead/2014/08/21/

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