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.
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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