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October 18, 2018 11:25 am

Hamas Chief Alive and Well, and Not Hiding Following Beersheva Rocket Attack

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Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh smiles after delivering a speech in Gaza City April 30, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Mohammed Salem.

JNS.org – Despite launching a powerful rocket deep inside Israel on Wednesday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh came out of hiding on Thursday and was sighted walking through the streets of Gaza in broad daylight.

Haniyeh was seen walking with Hamas official Fathi Hamad, a terrorist on the US global terror list who headed up efforts to kidnap Israeli soldiers and admitted to the use by Hamas of the local population as human shields. The pair paid a condolence call to the family of a 25-year-old Gazan terrorist who was killed at a Hamas post hit by the Israeli Air Force during reprisals for the Wednesday rocket attack.

Israel targeted 20 sites connected to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza on Wednesday, including terror tunnels, military bases and weapons-manufacturing facilities.

The family home of single mother Miri Tamano and her three young sons suffered a direct hit in the early hours on Wednesday morning in Beersheva, known as the “capital of the Negev” some 30 miles (47 km) from the Gaza border. Though the family miraculously made it to the home’s bomb shelter just seconds before the explosion, they lost almost all of their possessions.

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