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Three sons of Hamas leader Haniyeh killed in Israeli airstrike

Three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza, the Hamas-affiliated Shehab news agency reported Wednesday.

Lebanese media outlet al-Mayadeen, close to Iran, reported, citing Palestinian sources, that the strike also killed several of Haniyeh’s grandchildren and that they were killed in a vehicle in the refugee camp in Al-Shati in Gaza City.

Israeli media reported that Haniyeh later confirmed that three of his sons and three of his grandchildren were killed in the attack.

“All citizens of Gaza have paid the price for the blood of their children, including me,” he was quoted as saying.

This area has been under IDF control for several months. Israel withdrew its forces from southern Gaza last week and has yet to launch the promised operation in the town of Rafah, considered the last Hamas stronghold in the Gaza Strip.

Haniyeh, chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, lives in Qatar, alongside other members of the Hamas political leadership.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh speaks in a pre-recorded message played on a screen during a press event for the Al Quds International Institution in Beirut, Lebanon, February 28, 2024. (credit: MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS )

The group’s leader in Gaza is Yahya Sinwar, who is believed to be hiding in southern Gaza, surrounded by Israeli hostages.

More than a dozen other relatives are believed to have been killed during the war

An airstrike in October reportedly killed 14 other members of Haniyeh’s family, including his brother and nephew; his granddaughter Roaa Haniyeh was also reportedly killed by the IDF, as was his eldest grandson, Jamal. In February, Palestinian sources reported that Haniyeh’s son, Hazem Haniyeh, had also been killed.

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