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Thousands in Palestine mourn slain wife, baby of Hamas commander

Published on Aug 20, 2014 8:13 PM
Palestinians take part in the funeral of the wife of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, his infant son Ali and other Palestinians whom medics said were killed in Israeli air strikes, in the northern Gaza Strip on Aug 20, 2014.  -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JABALIYA, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel.

Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at least four people killed in a deadly air strike on Gaza City late on Tuesday.

The two bodies were wrapped in green Hamas flags as they were carried from the mosque to the cemetery in Jabaliya refugee camp. Mourners also carried the flag-wrapped bodies of two men killed in an air strike Wednesday on a motorcycle, both presumed Hamas militants.

"Revenge, revenge, revenge," shouted the crowd as they walked towards the cemetery waving Hamas flags and denouncing the killing of the second wife and infant son of Mr Deif, head of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

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