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Ninth family member dies after Israeli strike: ministry

A Palestinian wounded in an Israeli strike that killed eight members of his family has died, the health ministry in the Hamas-run strip said on Friday. Mohammed Abu Malhous al-Sawarka, 40, succumbed after being wounded in the massacre in which eight members of a family died when they were targeted in their homes, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement. It said he was the brother of Rasmi Abu Malhous who was killed when his home was hit by an air strike on November 14. Five children and Rasmi s two wives were also killed. Israel has pledged to investigate the incident, saying that their intelligence reports had indicated no civilians were expected to be harmed . Israel described Rasmi as an Islamic Jihad commander, but Gaza residents have suggested it may have been a case of mistaken identity. The three-day flareup began when Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza on November 12. The Islamist group, which is closely allied with Gaza s rulers Hamas, ...

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