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Israeli raid on Hamas chief in Gaza kills 12 in blow to peace roadmap

The Israeli army killed 12 Palestinians, including a two-year-old child and its target, a wanted Hamas militant chief, in a huge raid on Gaza City, the day after the release of a new peace plan. Hamas leader Yusef Abu Hin, 38, and his brothers Ayman, 30, and Mahmud, 29, also members of the hardline Islamic faction, died when troops dynamited the four-storey building where they had held out for 15 hours under the fire of Israeli tanks, infantry and helicopter gunships which killed nine other people. The dead in the battle which started before dawn included a two-year-old boy, a teenager and at least two other Hamas gunmen. Seven Israeli soldiers were wounded in the assault, which dealt a heavy blow to peace hopes that had arisen the day before when international diplomats finally unveiled a long-awaited “roadmap” to ending the 31-month conflict. Full Story

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