_Israeli moderately injured in rocket attack;
_Palestinians say 15 killed in overnight strikes;
_Muhammad Deif’s fate remains unclear;
_Kerry in contact with Qatar, Turkey to renew truce;
_UN urges return to negotiations
Hamas breached a truce on Tuesday afternoon and fired some 200 rockets at
Israel through Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cairo ceasefire talks are over for now. Hamas is vowing more attacks Thursday, after Israel tried to kill its military chief Muhammad Deif in an air strike that killed his wife and son. Netanyahu vowed Wednesday to hit back “seven times as hard” at Hamas attacks, and said all military options were open. Fate of Hamas commander Deif unclear
after Israeli strike; heavy rocket fire on Israel. Netanyahu slams ministers who criticize his handling of Hamas war, mum on attack on Gaza terror chief; rockets shot toward Tel Aviv, airport amid day of heavy fire; Hamas spokesman says no return to talks; rocket hits home in Hof Ashkelon region.
Deif’s alleged death certificate sparks online debate
Photo of document cited as evidence Hamas leader killed along with his wife and son, but earlier version of the picture casts doubt on claim
The picture of the death certificate listing Deif’s name was identical to a picture circulated on Wednesday morning online. The only difference was that the first version only listed the names of his wife and son.
Channel 10 reported on the second document, with Deif’s name, via a Gaza-based news agency, which briefly posted it, and quickly took it down. The website of the news agency has since been inaccessible, it reports.
The newer picture shows Deif’s name alongside that of his wife and son who were killed in the Israeli airstrike, with the time of death stated as being around 6:30 a.m.
Shortly after the second picture was published, Gaza’s emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra posted a rebuttal on his Facebook page, stating that the document was fraudulent, and stressing that Deif’s wife and child were killed in the strike, while Deif was not.
Israel was said to have dropped several bunker buster bombs on Deif’s residence early Wednesday in an apparent assassination attempt that killed five people in total. Hamas maintained that Deif was not at home during the attack, and was still alive. However, Israeli intelligence sources told Fox News Wednesday that the Hamas leader was believed to have been killed.
Addressing the public on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dodged the question of Deif’s fate, saying only that “the commanders of terror organizations are a legitimate target, of the highest priority… No one is immune,” he said. Asked again, he refused to elaborate.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, in a Hamas TV interview earlier Wednesday, described Deif as “the dead man” in an apparent slip of the tongue. Later a spokesman for the Hamas military wing vowed that Deif would lead the army that liberated Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa.
Deif survived four other assassination attempts by Israel.