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Hamas denies Israel airstrike in Gaza killed elusive leader
Hamas denies Israel airstrike in Gaza killed elusive leader

Years ago, it was a signature Israeli tactic: the swoosh of a missile, the roar of crumbling masonry, the violent death of another Hamas leader. More than 24 hours after an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip killed the wife and infant son of Mohammed Deif — the secretive, shadowy figure who was thought to have masterminded the building of an elaborate tunnel network and presided over Hamas’ acquisition of a sophisticated rocket arsenal — the Islamic militant group insisted Wednesday that he was alive. The Israeli government did not officially acknowledge trying to kill Deif in a pinpoint strike Tuesday on an apartment building in the densely packed, run-down Gaza district...

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