Hamas terror chief ‘thanked God for the honour of his children’s martyrdom’

An Israeli air strike on Gaza reportedly killed some of the Haniyeh’s sons and grandchildren


Hamas' political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh addresses supporters during a rally in solidarity with the Palestinians outside Qatar's Imam Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab Mosque in the capital Doha on May 15, 2021. - Qatar's Foreign Minister hosted the political chief of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and called for an end to Israel's bombardment of Gaza, state media said. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Hamas terror chief Ismail Haniyeh has reportedly thanked God for the "honour" of the "martyrdom of his children and grandchildren" after the IDF killed them in an air strike in Gaza.

They were reportedly killed during a bombing raid on Gaza City’s Al Shati camp, according to local media reports.

The Hamas-affiliated news agency Shehab announced the deaths of Haniyeh's three sons — Hazem Ismail Haniyeh, Amir Ismail Haniyeh and Muhammad Ismail Haniyeh — on Wednesday, and the Iranian-aligned Lebanese news outlet al-Mayadeen reported that the Israeli bomb strike also killed several of Haniyeh’s grandchildren.

Israel's military said it had "eliminated three Hamas military wing operatives in the central Gaza Strip", adding that they were the sons of Ismail Haniyeh. The statement did not mention the reported deaths of Haniyeh's grandchildren.

Haniyeh said he heard the news as he was visiting wounded Palestinians who had been taken for treatment to the Qatari capital, Doha, which is where the Hamas leader lives.

"The enemy will be delusional if it thinks that targeting my sons, at the climax of the [ceasefire] negotiations and before the movement sends its response, will push Hamas to change its position," he told Al Jazeera.

According to reports, the Haniyeh family members were killed in a vehicle in the Al Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza strip, an area that has been under IDF control for several months.

Haniyeh, who is chairman of the Hamas’ political bureau, lives in Qatar and was seen reacting to the news in a brief clip shared by Shehab on X.

In October, 14 members of Haniyeh’s family were reportedly killed during an Israeli airstrike.

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