Israel bombs Hamas MP’s home

Israeli F16 warplanes have destroyed the house of a well-known Hamas politician in the Gaza Strip.

Mariam Farhat stands in front of her destroyed home
Mariam Farhat stands in front of her destroyed home

The missiles hit the home of Mariam Farhat, better known as Umm Nidal, a Hamas representative at the Legislative council on Wednesday.

The house is believed to belong to her son, a wanted member of the al-Qassam Brigades, Aljazeera’s correspondent said.

No casualties were reported and residents were warned in advance of the raid – the second time that Israeli attacks have destroyed the Farhat family home.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the air strike had targeted a weapons storage and manufacturing facility.

Child casualty

Farhat first won attention for appearing with her 17-year-old son Mohammed in a video recorded before he carried out a shooting attack on a Jewish settlement in 2000, in which he killed five people before being shot dead.

Israel has frequently carried out such strikes on buildings it says are used by militants, during a three-month-old Gaza offensive to try to recover a captured soldier and stop cross-border rocket fire.

Meanwhile, a Palestinian boy was shot dead by Israeli fire near the al-Ain refugee camp in Nablus when Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters exchanged fire.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies

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