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Israeli Kills Hamas Financial Officer in Airstrike

  • Palestinians gather around the remains of a car, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike on a three-story building belonging to the Abdul Hadi family in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A Palestinian flees after an Israeli strike hits a three-story building belonging to the Abdul Hadi family in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Smoke rises from the rubble of the Al-Zafer apartment tower following Israeli airstrikes Saturday that collapsed the 13-story building, in Gaza City, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Al-Zafer apartment tower following Israeli airstrikes Saturday that collapsed the 13-story building, in Gaza City, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • A Palestinian looks at the remains of a commercial center, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli airstrike on Saturday, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Friends and relatives of Daniel Tregerman, a 4-year-old Israeli boy, mourn during his funeral in a cemetery near the border with the Gaza Strip, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • The mother, center, of Palestinian militant Mahmoud Abbas, who medics said was killed by an Israeli airstrike, mourns during his funeral in Gaza City, Aug. 24, 2014.
  • Interception of rockets fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza by the Iron Dome anti-missile system is seen near the southern town of Ashkelon, Israel, Aug. 23, 2014.
Crisis in Gaza - Sunday, August 24
Robert Berger

Israel again targeted Hamas leadership Sunday, killing a key financial official it said was responsible for "terror fund transactions."

The Israeli military said an airstrike on a car killed Mohammed al-Ghoul in Gaza City, just days after another attack killed three Hamas commanders.

Israel described Ghoul as "an important Hamas actor" who helped transfer money to build terror infrastructure in Gaza, including tunnels used by Hamas militants to sneak into the Jewish state for attacks.

Witnesses said U.S. dollars were found in his wrecked car.

Ghoul was among at least 12 Palestinians killed as Israel launched 27 strikes Sunday on the Hamas-run enclave along the Mediterranean.

The Israeli military said Hamas fired 50 rockets into Israel, although no deaths were reported.

Three people were wounded in a Hamas strike near the main Gaza border crossing at Erez.

Palestinians warned

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday to leave any site where "terrorists" are operating.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, the Israeli leader said all these places are legitimate targets.

Netanyahu said the military will continue to strike at Hamas and other "terrorist groups" in Gaza until Israel achieves its goals, namely, an end to Palestinian rocket attacks and the restoration of peace and quiet.

Hamas responded by firing more rockets and mortar shells across the border, paralyzing much of southern Israel.

The Gaza war between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas is now in its seventh week with no sign of a letup.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict. Of the 68 Israelis who have died, 64 were soldiers.  

Israeli warplanes leveled a five-story building located in the Al-Shati Camp district in Gaza Sunday. An Israeli strike leveled a seven-floor office building earlier Sunday.

On Saturday, Israeli airstrikes hit a 13-story apartment tower that housed 44 families. Israel's military said there were Hamas "terrorist activities" in the buildings and their attacks are aimed at deterrence.

The targeting of large buildings appears to be part of a new military tactic by Israel, a move which Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri described as a "dangerous development."

Holocaust survivors

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, a group of 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants, has compared Israel to Nazi Germany in a full-page ad in Sunday’s New York Times.

​The group, which has been critical of Israel in the past, placed the ad in response to a letter published by another Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, that accused Hamas of “child sacrifice” and comparing the terror group to the Nazis.

The network’s published statement accuses Wiesel of "abuse of history" in order to justify Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip and refers to “Israel’s wholesale effort to destroy Gaza.”

Their letter also says, “Genocide begins with the silence of the world. ... Never again must mean never again for anyone.”

Cease-fire still sought

The fighting persisted despite calls from Egypt for an immediate truce. Egypt urged Israel and Hamas to return to Cairo for a resumption of cease-fire talks that collapsed last week.

The call from Egypt's Foreign Ministry came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Saturday in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and senior officials of the Arab League.  

But Hamas said the talks failed because Israel rejected the group’s key demand: lifting an eight-year old crippling blockade on Gaza.

Hamas spokesman Masri said the Palestinian resistance has adopted a new strategy. Masri said that from now on, Hamas is negotiating "with a rifle in its hand and a finger on the trigger."

Israel said it will not negotiate under fire.

On Sunday, an Israeli airstrike also killed two people on a motorcycle in Gaza. 

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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by: G Griselda from: Abu Dhabi
August 25, 2014 11:26 AM
Good riddance. Maschall needs to go see his buddies and the great beard man in the sky as well. Yesterday would not be soon enough. Who's next? Step right up...and dear Hamas, please take off those ski masks. The world wants to see your faces,,,except for the UN. They think you're ok kind of guys. Islamo fascism is running amok in the Middle East.

No aid for Gaza. When they stop supporting a terrorism government they can rejoin the community of mankind. Gazans have voted for, and support Hamas. Therefore Hamas is their choice. They want Hamas. As such, since they support a terrorist organization, although non combatants (sort of), they are just as big a part of the problem as the shooters and suicide bombers. Its grotesque and I am absolutely disgusted with modern Islam as expressed by Islamists and the total LACK of condemnation of these various acts by MAINSTREAM Muslims. Really really sick.

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by: Maurice H
August 27, 2014 11:28 AM
I told my lady that these Holocaust survivors were only picked to die because they were Jewish and probably had no Jewish background or observance. In other words they were assimilated Jews-sought of like the Noam Chomsky, Tony Kusher, Ed Asner Jews. You know the ones who never practiced or ate a piece of matzoh on Passover. If they had practiced they would know that just about every prayer in Judaism talks about Yisroel, aka Israel, and the Torah read on Saturday always talks about Yisroel. They are the kind of Jews who worry about Darfur and marched in Selma. They are the Leftist Jews who know nothing about Judaism, nor do they want to!


by: Truesage Idowu from: Nigeria
August 25, 2014 7:54 AM
Finally, Israel is upping it's ante. I'm of the opinion that the world is too rich and this is why nations, individuals and organizations are using their wealth in the sponsor of terror. A lot of economies need to crumble through patent wars for peace to reign supreme once again without why their evil acts will never seize. Countries, individuals and organizations need to be isolated and their source of revenue destroyed so as to stop the proliferation of terror.

Nigeria is facing the same issues too where corrupt individuals who have benefited from the nation liaise with local and foreign terrorist elements to devastate the country. What we need is to target those characters home and abroad who have led the country astray and to destroy their defense systems in the state of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa at any cost as it is currently being done in Iraq "on isis". A call for foreign help to destroy their defense system should not be ruled out.

The United States and her allies needs to take caution together and wither down the influence of these nations and their sponsors for peace to reign.


by: Jeff Williams from: Akobo State South Sudan
August 25, 2014 4:18 AM
Another good news for Isreal next is Khaled Marsall you may return anti_dote for him this time not in jordan but in Qatar


by: david from: there
August 25, 2014 4:09 AM
let Hamas leaves Israeli territories for their safety.


by: kaygee1 from: USA
August 24, 2014 6:28 PM
Hamas attacks and Israel defends itself. By reporting on Israel's actions first you improperly give the message that it initiated the exchange. When will you report on Hamas's initiating fire before the Israeli response and give the true picture of Hamas attacking and Israel defending


by: JafoIAm from: California
August 24, 2014 1:46 PM
To compare the Hamas Israeli war to the Holocaust would only work if Hamas was equated with Nazi's. If you can't figure that out, no explanation can help you.


by: Alexander the Great from: USA
August 24, 2014 1:01 PM
USA has to stop supplying all weapons to Israel because those weapons are killing mostly civilians, women and children.

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by: kaygee1 from: USA
August 24, 2014 6:30 PM
We only have Hamas's word and the Hamas censored reporting that they were civilians.

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by: George Khabenskiy
August 24, 2014 4:01 PM
everyone keeps saying over 2K palestenian civilians are killed. at least half of them are hamas fighters. they should not be counted as human casualties. the remaining half is due to the fact that they are used as human shields since hamas is operatign from school backyards, and houses filled with women and children. Statistically, even thou the numbers are high, Israel managed to have the lowest ratio of civilian to enemy combatant killed in the history of urban warfare.

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by: Alec
August 24, 2014 2:00 PM
As a suggestion visit Israel and see for yourself what the realities are, instead of "shooting the breeze". Hamas has integrated itself amongst the civilian population, hence the casualties.


by: Denzil
August 24, 2014 12:57 PM
No dangerous development by Israel - Perhaps the Jewish Anti-Zionist Network can comment on the tunnels into Israel and the rockets;mortars that are being launched by Hamas and their origin. It would be interesting to note how many Holocaust survivors and members of their families are resident in Israel following their published statement in the New York Times.


by: Jane Doe from: Gaza
August 24, 2014 12:51 PM
Innocent Gaza civilians should help Israel locate and wipe out the Hamas terrorists if they want to live peacefully.

There should be a hotline set up for normal Gazans to call when they know where the Hamas terrorists are hiding and storing their weapons


by: David from: columbia
August 24, 2014 12:43 PM
Palistine will not get what they want or need by letting Hamas doing their dirty fighting for them.

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