Ismail Haniyeh’s eldest son confirms killing of his brothers

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s eldest son confirmed in a Facebook post that his three brothers were killed. “Thanks to God who honoured us by the martyrdom of my brothers, Hazem, Amir and Mohammad and their children,” wrote Abdel-Salam Haniyeh.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Wednesday the killing of three of his sons in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza will not affect the group’s demands in ceasefire negotiations.

Haniyeh spoke to Al Jazeera TV soon after his sons died when a car they were driving in was targeted in Gaza’s Al-Shati camp.

The three sons – Hazem, Amir and Mohammad – were killed after the car they were driving in was bombed in Gaza’s Al-Shati camp, Hamas said. Two of Haniyeh’s grandchildren were also killed in the attack and a third was wounded, Hamas media said.

“Our demands are clear and specific and we will not make concessions on them. The enemy will be delusional if it thinks that targeting my sons, at the climax of the negotiations and before the movement sends its response, will push Hamas to change its position,” Haniyeh told pan-Arab Al Jazeera TV.

“The blood of my sons is not dearer than the blood of our people,” said Haniyeh, who is based abroad in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar.

Haniyeh has been the tough-talking face of Hamas’ international diplomacy as war with Israel has raged back in the Gaza Strip, where his family home was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike back in November.