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Senior Hamas Leader Killed in Air Strike


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An Israeli airstrike leveled the 4-story apartment building senior Hamas official Nizar Rayan called home, resuming the practice of targeting Hamas leaders that was suspended during the 6-month cease fire that expired last month.

Just yesterday, Rayan declared “God willing, Hamas will win.”

Maybe God is telling Hamas whose side he’s on…

Here’s the AP article.

Israel kills top Hamas figure, escalating campaign

By IBRAHIM BARZAK and AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writers

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israel dropped a one-ton bomb on the home of a Hamas strongman Thursday, killing him along with two wives and four children in the first attack on the top leadership of Gaza’s rulers. As the aerial bombardment escalated, the army said it was also poised to launch a ground invasion. Israel also appeared to be sounding out a possible diplomatic exit from the 6-day-old military offensive against Hamas by demanding international monitors as a key term of any future truce.

The bombing targeted 49-year-old Nizar Rayan, ranked among Hamas’ top five decision-makers in Gaza. His four-story apartment building crashed to the ground, sending a thick plume of smoke into the air and heavily damaging neighboring buildings. It killed Rayan and 11 others, including two of his four wives and four of his 12 children, Palestinian health officials said. The Muslim faith allows men to have up to four wives.

Israel has made clear that no one in Hamas is immune in this offensive, and the strike that flattened Rayan’s apartment building in the northern town of Jebaliya drove that message home.

“We are trying to hit everybody who is a leader of the organization, and today we hit one of their leaders,” Israeli Vice Premier Haim Ramon said in a television interview.

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January 1, 2009 Posted by | Middle East | , , , , , | 3 Comments