Media on Wednesday afternoon appeared to spread conflicting reports over the fate
of Muhammad Deif, the head of Hamas’s armed wing, who was possibly killed in an IDF airstrike on Tuesday night.
Fox News quoted Israeli officials as saying that Deif was believed to have been killed in the airstrike. Previously, Israel had admitted to striking his home in an attempt to assassinate him but did not comment on whether he had been killed or not.
Hamas, however, denied that Deif was killed. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesperson, said that Deif was alive.
“The occupation will pay for its crimes against Palestinian civilians and those living around the Gaza border will not return home until Mohammed Deif decides,” Zuhri said.
Also, earlier on Wednesday, a Hamas source told Al-Jazeera that the Israeli attempt on Deif’s life had failed, adding that this was the sixth attempt to kill the Hamas military leader since 2002.
According to the report, Deif’s wife and 7-month-old son were killed in an IDF strike on a house in Gaza.
Israel collected intelligence on Deif during the temporary cease-fire and stopped negotiations in Cairo in order to assassinate him, but failed in the attempt, according to Al Jazeera.
According to a Gaza medical official, in the IAF strike on a house belonging to the Al-Dalu family, 45 people were injured.
On its Al-Aksa television station, Hamas called for Gaza residents to attend the funeral of Deif’s wife and son on Wednesday afternoon.
via The Jerusalem Post