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Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

  • Mourners chant angry slogans during the funeral of Palestinian Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Widad was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Mourners chant angry slogans during the funeral of Palestinian Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Widad was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinians mourn during the funeral of members of the al-Louh family who were killed in an Israeli strike on their home in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Many were killed in an airstrike on the house of the al-Louh family in Deir el-Balah, including a mother, father, three children, and two brothers of the father, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians mourn during the funeral of members of the al-Louh family who were killed in an Israeli strike on their home in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Many were killed in an airstrike on the house of the al-Louh family in Deir el-Balah, including a mother, father, three children, and two brothers of the father, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians grieve over the death of their relative Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians grieve over the death of their relative Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing, who was killed along with their 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, out of her family house during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian mourners carry the body of Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing, who was killed along with their 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, out of her family house during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinians check the damage of their destroyed houses and buses following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians check the damage of their destroyed houses and buses following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • A Palestinian boy sits on rubble and next to destroyed buses and houses, following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    A Palestinian boy sits on rubble and next to destroyed buses and houses, following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinian women look outside from the window of their destroyed house, following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinian women look outside from the window of their destroyed house, following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Mourners chant angry slogans during the funeral of Palestinian Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Widad was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinians mourn during the funeral of members of the al-Louh family who were killed in an Israeli strike on their home in Deir el-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Many were killed in an airstrike on the house of the al-Louh family in Deir el-Balah, including a mother, father, three children, and two brothers of the father, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians grieve over the death of their relative Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, who was killed along with her 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. She was the wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of Widad Mustafa Deif, 27, wife of Mohammed Deif, the leader of the Hamas military wing, who was killed along with their 8-month-old son Ali Mohammed Deif in Israeli strikes in Gaza City late Tuesday, out of her family house during their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinians check the damage of their destroyed houses and buses following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • A Palestinian boy sits on rubble and next to destroyed buses and houses, following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinian women look outside from the window of their destroyed house, following late night Israeli strikes in Gaza City on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas’s shadowy military chief escaped an apparent assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said yesterday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the airstrikes in Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.

The tough talk from Benjamin Netanyahu set the stage for what could be a protracted period of fighting following the collapse of cease-fire talks in Cairo on Tuesday.

In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu showed little willingness to return to the negotiating table and said the six-week war against Hamas had inflicted unprecedented damage on the Islamic militant group.

“We are determined to continue the campaign with all means and as is needed,” he said, his defense minister by his side. “We will not stop until we secure full security and quiet for the residents of the south and all citizens of Israel.”

More than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting, most of them civilians, according to U.N. and Palestinian medical officials. Sixty-seven people have died on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers.

A six-day temporary truce collapsed into heavy fighting after Egyptian-mediated talks broke down without an agreement on an extended cease-fire. Hamas has demanded an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza. Israel has demanded that Hamas disarm.

Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets into Israel, while Israel carried out numerous airstrikes across Gaza. One airstrike on a Gaza City home killed a wife and son of Hamas’s military chief, Mohammed Deif.

After remaining quiet for most of the day, Hamas officials announced that Deif was not present in the targeted home and was still alive. Deif has survived multiple assassination attempts, lives in hiding and is believed to be paralyzed from previous attempts on his life.

Abu Obeida, the spokesman for Hamas’s military wing, said Israel was “unable to get to our commander Deif,” adding that he will “lead the army that will enter to liberate the holy al-Aqsa mosque” in Jerusalem.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, told the group’s TV station Al-Aqsa that Deif “wasn’t even in the location when they bombed it.”

Asked whether Deif had been targeted, Netanyahu said: “The leaders of terror organizations are legitimate targets. No one is immune.”

In a televised statement, Abu Obeida also warned international airlines against flying into Israel starting today, suggesting hostilities may continue. Earlier in the conflict, airlines suspended their flights into Israel after a rocket landed in a town near Israel’s main international airport.

Since the truce collapsed, at least 20 Palestinians have been killed and more than 120 wounded, Gaza Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Kidra said.

The Israeli military said that it carried out nearly 100 airstrikes on Gaza targets, and that Palestinians had fired more than 140 rockets at Israel since the truce fell apart.

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