Airstrike kills Said Hamas “cash man”

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An Israeli missile strike that killed a man riding in a car in Gaza City on Sunday afternoon ripped open the vehicle, revealing bags of American dollars inside and scattering currency on the street, some burned by the blast, according to a witness…report by Worthy News

The Gaza authorities did not immediately identify the victim, but the Israeli military identified him as Muhammad al-Ghoul and said he had been responsible for Hamas’s financial transactions and handled its “terror funds.”

The witness, who arrived at the scene minutes after the air strike, said security men in plain clothes prevented photographers from taking photographs there, kept onlookers away, collected the money and searched what remained of the car for more cash. The witness spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

The missile attack was the latest in a string of recent Israeli air strikes based on what appears to be precise intelligence about the movements of some Hamas operatives who have emerged from their bunkers as the more intensive fighting has subsided.

Last week, air strikes killed three senior Hamas commanders in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, and Israel tried to assassinate Mohammed Deif, the chief of Hamas’s military wing. His fate remains unknown.

Israeli forces continued on Sunday to strike Palestinians suspected of being militants and buildings in which they are said to operate in Gaza as militants fired scores of rockets and mortar rounds into Israel.

In Rafah, two missiles from Israeli aircraft and the fire they ignited destroyed a three-storey commercial centre filled with dozens of stores and offices used by doctors, lawyers and contractors. A five-floor building was also damaged in a separate strike.

The Israeli military did not say why those buildings were targeted. In remarks broadcast Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the residents of Gaza “to immediately evacuate any building from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity.”

Mr. Netanyahu added: “Any such place is a target for us. In recent days, we have proven there is no immunity for those who fire at Israel’s citizens.”

The military wing of Hamas, the Islamic group that dominates Gaza, claimed responsibility for firing mortar rounds at the Erez crossing point on Gaza’s northern border with Israel. The attack wounded four Israeli civilians who were providing humanitarian assistance at the crossing, according to the Israeli authorities.

Israel said it was temporarily closing the crossing, which has been used for several purposes, including for the transfer of hundreds of wounded and sick Gazans for medical treatment in hospitals in Israel, the West Bank and abroad.

The Health Ministry in Gaza said that 16 Palestinians were killed and 52 were wounded in Israeli strikes on Sunday. In the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, artillery shells or missiles hit a home, killing five people, including a mother and her three children. Hours after the strike on Mr. al-Ghoul’s car, at least two missiles hit his home, destroying it.

More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting that is stretching into a seventh week, most of them civilians, according to monitoring groups. On the Israeli side, 64 soldiers and four civilians have been killed, including a four-year-old boy from a small community near the border who was hit by mortar fire. He was first Israeli child to be killed in the conflict, and he was buried Sunday.

Original Post by Worthy News

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