Hamas Denies IDF Killed Gaza Military Chief, Mohammed Deif (VIDEO)
Hamas’ military wing spokesman Abu Obadiah said Wednesday night that Israel had failed to kill the commander behind its rocket and strategic development, Mohammed Deif, in an airstrike on Tuesday.
“Mohammed Deif is safe and was not not hurt in the Israeli strike,” the Izzadin Al-Quassam Brigades said Wednesday evening.
“Mohammed Deif will be the commander who leads Hamas units into Al-Aqsa mosque,” in Jerusalem, the group vowed.
“Mohammed Deif is alive and healthy. At his command we will destroy every zionist city and will take over the entire land of Palestine,” the group declared.
Meanwhile, however, an “Israeli intelligence source” told Fox News Wednesday that Deif, was, in fact, killed in an airstrike, along with his wife and daughter, on Tuesday.
Another Hamas spokesman, in the immediate wake of the strike on the building in Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan quarter, referred to Dief as a “martyr,” before insisting that he was still alive, according to Channel 2 News.
Brigades’ rocket crews raged in the wake of the Israeli strike, pouring over 150 rockets into central and southern Israel in repeated barrages as of Wednesday evening. “Israel, in this treacherous action, opened the gates of hell upon itself and it will pay a heavy price. We challenge Israel to reveal the real reason behind the cowardly act they committed when they bombed the home of the Dalou family,” the terrorist group said in a statement released Tuesday, referring to another Hamas military commander who was also a victim of the strike.
Ahmad Dalou, the owner of the apartment building, his wife and son, were reportedly killed in the strike, along with Deif’s family.
Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon are reportedly to make statements Wednesday night, possibly clarifying the conflicting reports as to Deif’s possible demise.
Deif took over command of Hamas’s military wing in 2002, after Israeli aircraft stuck and killed his predecessor, Salah Shehade.
Israeli sources told Channel 2 News that the structure that was hit, reportedly by several “bunker-buster” munitions, may have had subterranean areas.
At the funeral of Dief’s wife and child, thousands of Palestinians called for revenge against Israel. Watch the video: