Amwal Al Ghad English - 2014-08-21 07:59:16
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli forces will keep hunting down leaders of Hamas in the Gaza Strip after killing the wife and child of the group’s militia chief in an air raid.
“The commanders of terror organizations are a legitimate target,” Netanyahu said last night at a Tel Aviv news conference. “No one is immune.”
The prime minister brushed off a question about whether the air strike Aug. 19 killed Mohammed Deif himself, the head of the Qassam Brigades that Israel has tried to assassinate five times and has left crippled. The militia said Deif had survived the attack, which led to a renewed barrage of rockets at Israel following a nine-day truce.
The latest surge in violence occurred after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo failed to prevent the temporary cease-fire from unraveling. Fighting since early July has killed at least 2,049 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, according to the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry. Sixty-seven people have been killed on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers, according to the army.
Israel’s inner security cabinet met to discuss taking further military action as Palestinian militants in Gaza continued to fire rockets at Israel. Housing Minister Uri Ariel called for another Israeli ground offensive to be carried out “soon, strongly and quickly.” Speaking to Channel 2 television, Ariel said the air raids against Gaza since yesterday “have not brought quiet” to Israel. More»