Israel: Hamas official killed

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Is­raeli mis­sile strike that killed a man rid­ing in a car in Gaza City on Sun­day af­ter­noon ripped open the ve­hi­cle, re­veal­ing bags of Amer­i­can dol­lars in­side and scat­ter­ing cur­rency on the street, some burned by the blast, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness.

The Gaza au­thor­i­ties did not im­me­di­ately iden­tify the vic­tim, but the Is­raeli mil­i­tary iden­ti­fied him as Mu­ham­mad al-Ghoul and said he had been re­spon­si­ble for Ha­mas’ fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions and han­dled its “ter­ror funds.”

The wit­ness, who ar­rived at the scene min­utes af­ter the air­strike, said se­cu­rity men in ci­vil­ian clothes pre­vented pho­tog­ra­phers from tak­ing pho­tos, kept on­look­ers away, col­lected the money and searched what re­mained of the car for more cash. The wit­ness spoke on the con­di­tion of an­o­nym­ity for fear of ret­ri­bu­tion

The mis­sile at­tack was the lat­est in a string of re­cent Is­raeli air­strikes based on what ap­pears to be pre­cise in­tel­li­gence about the move­ments of some Ha­mas op­er­a­tives who have emerged from their bun­kers as the more in­ten­sive fight­ing has sub­sided.

Is­raeli drone downed

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s elite Revo­lu­tion­ary Guards said Sun­day its forces shot down an Is­raeli drone as it ap­proached an Ira­nian nu­clear site, re­cov­er­ing ma­jor parts of what it de­scribed as an ad­vanced air­craft. Is­raeli of­fi­cials could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment.

The in­ci­dent comes as Iran ne­go­ti­ates with world pow­ers over its nu­clear pro­gram and hard-lin­ers press mod­er­ate Pres­i­dent Has­san Rou­hani to de­mand more con­ces­sions be­fore lim­it­ing its atomic ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Is­rael has not ruled out tak­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion against Iran’s nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties if its ca­pa­bil­ity to build an atomic weapon pro­gresses.

The Guards is­sued a state­ment Sun­day on its web­site say­ing its forces fired a mis­sile at the drone as it neared its ura­nium en­rich­ment fa­cil­ity in Natanz, about 150 miles south of the cap­i­tal, Te­hran. The state­ment did not say when it shot down the drone.

Ebola hits Congo

KINSHASA, Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo — The Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Congo said as many as 13 peo­ple have died of Ebola in a sep­a­rate out­break from the one rag­ing in three West African na­tions. It is the sixth re­ported out­break in that coun­try since 1976.

Lab­o­ra­tory tests in two cases were pos­i­tive for Ebola in a re­mote vil­lage in the north­west­ern cor­ner of the coun­try, and 11 other deaths are sus­pected of be­ing from the vi­rus, ac­cord­ing to Lam­bert Mende, the coun­try’s in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter.

The strain of the Ebola in the Congo is dif­fer­ent from the one seen in West Africa, Mr. Mende said.

Vol­cano warn­ing low­ered

REYKJAVIK — Iceland on Sun­day low­ered its warn­ing code from red to or­ange for pos­si­ble vol­ca­nic dis­rup­tion to the avi­a­tion in­dus­try af­ter fur­ther anal­y­sis of an ap­par­ent erup­tion un­der a gla­cier found no erup­tion had oc­curred af­ter all.

The risk level had been raised to red, the high­est level on the coun­try's five-point alert sys­tem, on Satur­day af­ter au­thor­i­ties de­tected signs of a small erup­tion be­neath a gla­cier near the Bard­ar­bunga vol­cano in cen­tral Iceland.

Also in the world …

Zimba­bwean Pres­i­dent Robert Mug­abe may seek aid from his Chi­nese coun­ter­part, Xi Jin­ping, to­day af­ter he was snubbed by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at a sum­mit of African lead­ers in Wash­ing­ton. … The Swiss drug­maker Roche agreed on Sun­day to buy InterMune, which sells a drug to treat a deadly lung dis­ease, for $8.3 bil­lion.

— Com­piled from news ser­vices



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