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IDF claims Ismail Haniyeh’s sons were linked to Hamas military wing

Tel Aviv, April 11 (IANS) The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that the three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. The sons were part of the Hamas military wing and involved in holding Israeli hostages. Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defence Minister Gallant were unaware of the airstrike.

The airstrike occurred on Wednesday in the Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City. Ismail Haniyeh, the political bureau head of Hamas residing in Qatar, confirmed the deaths of his sons Hazim, Amir, and Mohammed, along with his four grandchildren in the attack. IDF stated that the three were part of Hamas’s military wing, the Qassim Brigades.

In a statement, Ismail Haniyeh expressed gratitude for the “honour of their martyrdom,” while his eldest son Abdel Salam thanked God for “the martyrdom of my brothers.” The killings have raised concerns about potentially disrupting the Cairo peace talks, where Haniyeh plays a significant role, according to reports in Hebrew and Arabic media.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office noted that the airstrike was deemed an operational necessity on the ground and was ordered by a Colonel in IDF’s southern command. The incident raises tensions as it marks a significant escalation in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, impacting diplomatic efforts in the region.

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