Day 187: Israeli Army Kills Dozens Across The Gaza Strip [including sons of Ismail Haniya]

12:00 Apr 10 2024 Shati’ refugee camp (مخيم الشاطئ), Shifa Hospital (مستشفى الشفاء), Nuseirat refugee camp (مخيّم النصيرات), Khan Yunis (خان يونس), & Jabalia Iجباليا)

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Ismail Haniyeh's sons, killed in the strike. Published by Haaretz

Onlookers check the car in which three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were reportedly killed in an Israeli air strike in al-Shati camp, west of Gaza City on Wednesday. Credit: AFP Published by Haaretz

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April 10, 2024

On Wednesday, Day 187 of the ongoing Israeli genocide of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Israeli missiles killed and injured dozens of Palestinians, including three sons and two grandchildren of Hamas political leader, Ismail Haniyya.

Media sources said that, on the first day of the Al-Fitr Muslim feast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car carrying members of Haniyya’s family in the Shati’ refugee camp, in Gaza City, killing three of his sons, Hazem, Amir and Mohammad, and two of his grandchildren.

It is worth mentioning that, on November 21, 2023, the army killed Haniyya’s oldest grandson, Jamal Mohmmad Haniyya, and his daughter. On November 10, the army killed Haniyya’s grandchild, Ro’a Hammad, after firing missiles at their homes.

The Israeli army said its Airforce and the Southern Command received detailed information from the Shabak security agency regarding their location and assassinated them.

Israeli sources said there is a possibility now, after the assassination of Haniyya’s family, that any possible ceasefire talks, and a prisoner-swap deal could now be hindered.

Ismael Haniyya, currently in Doha, told Al-Jazeera that that Israel has already killed at least sixty members of his family, including cousins, nephews, and nieces, and added that all Palestinians in Gaza have paid a heavy price, but is determined to create a better future, achieve liberation and independence.

At least five Palestinians, including children, were killed and many were injured after the army fired a missile at a car in the Shati refugee camp.

The army also killed at least three Palestinians and wounded many others in an air strike targeting a car in the refugee camp.

Furthermore, Mahmoud Basal, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Civil Defense in Gaza, said the Israeli army buried the bodies of dozens of Palestinians under the rubble inside the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza, and added that the teams are working on recovering them.

The Israeli navy also fired dozens of missiles at various areas in the western part of Gaza City.

The Israeli army also fired a missile at the home of the Abu Yousef family in Nusseirat, killing at least fourteen Palestinians and wounding dozens, in addition to many who remain under the rubble.

The army also fired many missiles and artillery shells at areas, east of the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

In Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the army killed and injured many Palestinians, especially in the western part of the city, and bombed several homes and buildings in Abasan, east of the city.

In northern Gaza, the army killed and injured dozens of Palestinians, including women and children, as they had their iftar outside Jabalia school for girls.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the corpses of 122 Palestinians, in addition to at least 56 wounded were moved to hospitals in the last 24 hours and added that dozens of slain Palestinians remain under the rubble.

Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories, said that Israel’s leadership and its soldiers are violating the principles of International Law, and are using terms like “human shields” and “safe zones” to justify the killing of civilians.

Albanese also called for banning the export of weapons to Israel and to impose economic sanctions to oblige Tel Aviv to abide by International Law and the Geneva Conventions.

She added that Israel has been committing war crimes for decades and continues to do so because no one has stopped it.

It added that Israel has now killed at least 33.482 Palestinians, mostly children and women, and injured more than 76.049, since October 7, 2023.

The Palestinian Civil Defense said at least 20.000 slain Palestinians remain buried under the rubble, including about 10.000 in northern Gaza.

Israeli Military Did Not Brief Government Before Airstrike That Killed Three of Hamas Leader's Sons

Palestinian reports claim that three of Haniyeh's grandchildren were also killed in the attack, but the IDF has not confirmed these reports; following the strike, Haniyeh said: 'Anyone who believes that targeting my sons will push Hamas to change its position is delusional'

by Jack Khoury, Jonathan Lis, Reuters, The Associated Press published by Haaretz
Apr 10, 2024

Three sons of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's were killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday in Gaza City. The Israeli army took responsibility for the killing, alleging they were "on their way to carry out an act of terror," and that one of them was involved in holding Israeli hostages.

Palestinian reports claim that three of Haniyeh's grandchildren were also killed in the attack, but the IDF has not confirmed these reports. Palestinian media outlets said that the six were killed from an airstrike while traveling in a single vehicle in the Al-Shati refugee camp.

Israel's security agencies did not update the government before the attack and did not get clearance for it. Likewise, the head of the IDF's Southern Command was not notified of the strike and it was authorized by a colonel.

IDF and Shin Bet officials say that it has been common for operational decisions to be made without government authorization since the beginning of hostilities on October 7. But other military officials say that there is a difference between a strike against a mid-level operative and a strike against family members of one of Hamas' top officials, who is directly involved in hostage release negotiations. An Israeli source told Haaretz that the assassination might hinder any such deal.

A video broadcast by Al Jazeera appears to show Haniyeh receiving the news of the death of his sons and grandchildren: Hazem and his daughter Amal; Amir and his sons Khalid and Rizan; and Mohammed. After learning of their deaths, while visiting wounded Gazans from the war in a hospital in Doha, Qatar, he can be heard blessing God and telling his entourage, "Let's continue to work."

"I am grateful to God for the honor he has given me in the deaths of three of my children and a few of my grandchildren," Haniyeh told Al Jazeera, from Qatar. "My sons were awarded this honor. They remained with our Palestinian people in Gaza, did not leave and did not run," he added.

He added that his sons "were martyred on the road to liberating Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

"The criminal enemy is driven by the spirit of revenge and murder and does not value any standards or laws," he said in the phone interview. Hamas said that Israel "took advantage of the [Eid al-Fitr] holiday and slaughtered them."

An Israeli source expressed his concern that Hamas will derail the hostage deal being negotiated between Hamas and Israel.

Haniyeh then stated that "the killing of my sons will not affect Hamas cease-fire demands," according to Reuters.

"The enemy believes that by targeting the families of the leaders, it will push them to give up the demands of our people," he said. "Anyone who believes that targeting my sons will push Hamas to change its position is delusional."

A Hamas source in Gaza told Haaretz that the assassination is "a foolish move that strengthens Hamas publicly rather than weakening it. It's specifically Hamas opponents, even in networks not affiliated with the organization in the Palestinian and Arab arena, who are criticizing Hamas leadership abroad for their luxurious lifestyle and for abandoning the Palestinian people, and here comes the assassination and proves that the chief's sons are still in Gaza and that Haniyeh himself is paying a personal price. This proves that in Israel there is a group of avengers and not statesmen".

In total, Haniyeh has 13 sons and daughters. Some of them live in Gaza and some in Turkey and Qatar. Most of his sons work in trade and real estate and are not known to the public as directly involved in Hamas' political or military activities.

Most of the criticism is directed at their substantial financial gains due to being the sons of Haniyeh. One of them, Mu'ad, faced sharp criticism for moving to Turkey and even obtaining a Turkish passport for easier mobility.

During the war, an IDF Arabic spokesperson released a receipt testifying to the fact that one of Haniyeh's sons acquired jewelry worth tens of thousands of shekels.

From Qatar, Haniyeh mentioned that in recent years he has lost many members of his family. On October 17, ten days after the outbreak of the war, it was reported in Gaza that three close relatives of Haniyeh's family were killed in a bombing on his brother's house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood.


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Talha Ahmad
Israel and Haniyeh [Thread]
The composure of Haniyeh tells a very overarching story. The grandchildren aged 10, 8, and 4 were killed on Eid while meeting with relatives in Shati camp. Israel's brutality does not deter hamas. In fact, it empowers and motivates them.

Talha Ahmad
This is not the first time Israel has targeted the families of hamas leaders. The problem is that Israel is still occupied with thought that it can force Palestinians into subjugation with sheer military brutality. It didn't worked and it will never work.

Talha Ahmad
Regardless of that, the whole narrative by Israel and it's zionist allies in region that Hamas leadership, including Haniyeh, enjoys the lavish lifestyle in Qatar while Gazan pays the price though never had legs but now has completely collapsed.

Talha Ahmad
Saleh Al Arouri said, "We are from the people and not immune to death. We will also get martyred." These killings show the deep connection and bond not only between rank & file but also hamas and people. It shows they all share the pain. This builds the trust between them.

Talha Ahmad
This is one of the reasons Israeli Intel has failed in infaltrating hamas at large, especially its military wing. Also, the very reason people haven't revolted, tribes have refused to collaborate despite all the systematic famine and starvation. Considering it's conduct.

Talha Ahmad
Mindset, approach, and war doctrine. It's safe to say Israel has only one strategy, "How to lose."

Ismail Haniya’s sons, Hazem, Amir and Mohammad Haniya, and grandchildren Khalid, Rizan and Amal, assassinated by Israel 4/10/2024
Dozens of bodies reported buried by Israeli army under rubble, Palestinian teams working on recovery 4/10/2024
israeli missile reported destroying home of Abu Yousef family, killing at least 14, wounding dozens 4/10/2024
Israeli bombardment reported killing & wounded many Palestinians 4/10/2024
Dozens of Palestinians reported killed & injured outside Jabalia school for girls 4/10/2024
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