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Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif’s wife, child die in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

Gaza, Aug 20 (): Hamas said on Wednesday that an Israeli air attack on Gaza city killed the child and wife of Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif, as a short-term ceasefire went up and Cairo ceasefire talks froze.

Hamas’ banished deputy leader Moussa Abu Marzouk on Wednesday wrote on Facebook, “The wife of the great leader was martyred with his daughter”. In his post, he had mentioned nothing about the fate of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades commander Mohammed Deif.

In the fighting happening between Hamas and Israel since July 8, at least 2020 Palestinians have been killed and 67 on the Israeli side. In the in-between period, many ceasefire negotiations between the two sides have happened.

On Wednesday, Israeli and Palestinian officials blamed each other for the failure of the Cairo discussions that were aimed to secure a long-term ceasefire in Cairo.

Claims from Hamas say that Israel had made efforts to assassinate the military chief of the group on Tuesday in Gaza City, thus violating a short-term cease-fire; but Israeli officials had said that the Defense Forces of Israel had resumed attacks on Gaza in reply to the rocket fire attack from the area.

Nearly 50 mortar shells and rockets were fired on Tuesday towards Israel, targeting the Jerusalem areas, Tel Aviv and the southern region.

With rocket firing and air-strikes still raging across, chances for a permanent truce appear to be dim. Instead, it looks possible that Israel may make some unilateral concessions, such as easing restrictions on imports of building materials to the Gaza Strip, as long as Hamas refrains from rocket attacks.

The Israeli delegation to the ceasefire talks left Cairo Tuesday afternoon; sources said the Palestinian delegation is set to leave on Wednesday, with no deal and no announcement of an extension of the cease-fire.