A Palestinian man carries an injured girl into the Shifa hospital following Israeli strikes which hit Gaza City, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Israel resumed its campaign of airstrikes in Gaza on Tuesday in response to a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire that shattered a truce. The sudden burst of fighting has threatened to derail an Egyptian effort to end a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Hamas: Military chief not present at Gaza strike
By IBRAHIM BARZAK and IAN DEITCH
| The Associated Press
First Published Aug 20 2014 08:37 am • Last Updated Aug 20 2014 11:06 am
Gaza City, Gaza Strip • A Hamas spokesman says the group’s elusive military chief was not present during an Israeli strike on a Gaza Strip house that killed his wife and son.
Sami Abu Zuhri says Mohammed Deif "wasn’t even in the location when they bombed it." Abu Zuhri was speaking to Hamas’ TV station Al-Aqsa on Wednesday.
An Israeli strike on the three-story house late Tuesday killed Deif’s wife and child, as well as three others.
Deif has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the past.
Israel has not commented on the strike.
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