Hamas warns Israel against 'foolishness' after deadly strike

AFP , Sunday 11 Oct 2015

The wounded father of three-year-old Palestinian girl Rahaf Hassan who was killed with her mother after their house was brought down by an Israeli air strike, hugs his daughter during her funeral in central Gaza Strip October 11, 2015 (Reuters)

Islamist movement Hamas on Sunday warned Israel against "foolishness" after an air strike in the Gaza Strip killed a Palestinian pregnant woman and her toddler.

"This shows the occupation's desire to escalate," said Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. "We warn the occupation against continuing this foolishness."

Israel's retaliatory air strikes demolished a house in the northern area of Zeitun, killing Nur Hassan, 30, and her two-year-old daughter Rahaf, Gaza medics said, and trapping three others under the ruins.

After days of unrest in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, Gaza has been drawn into the violence since Friday, with clashes along the border leaving nine Palestinians dead, including teenagers, from Israeli fire.

The escalation in violence in the past week has led to mounting fears that Palestinian unrest was spiralling toward a wider uprising, or third intifada.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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