Khalil al-Hayya

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Khalil al-Hayya (Arabic: خليل الحية) is a senior Hamas official who was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council on 25 January 2006 as a representative of Gaza City. He resides in the neighborhood of Shuja'iyya.

Seven or eight of his relatives, including two of his brothers, were killed by Israel during violence in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict 2007.[1][2] One of his sons was killed by an Israeli airstrike in 2008 while leading a rocket brigade.[3][4] Another son, daughter-in-law, and grandson were killed by an airstrike on his home in July 2014 during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict.[5][6][7] He has called on the United Nations to recognize Palestine within its pre-1948 borders.[8]

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  1. ^ al-Mughrabi, Nidal (20 May 2007). "Israel kills 9; 8 in raid on Hamas official's home". Reuters.
  2. ^ B'Tselem (24 May 2007). "B'Tselem calls for criminal investigation into Gaza bombing". Electronic Intifada.
  3. ^ Barzak, Ibrahim; Karin Laub (28 February 2008). "Israel kills 20 Palestinians in Gaza". Associated Press.
  4. ^ "Hamas leader 'thanks God' for son's death". Ynet. 28 February 2008.
  5. ^ Beaumont, Peter; Harriet Sherwood (20 July 2014). "'Death and horror' in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment: Fiercest fighting yet as Israel widens ground offensive and faces accusations of war crimes over rising number of civilian deaths". Guardian (UK).
  6. ^ "IDF: House of Hamas official targeted in overnight Gaza strikes". Jerusalem Post. 17 July 2014.
  7. ^ Bannoura, Saed (20 July 2014). "Nine More Palestinians Killed, Medics Targeted Again". IMEMC News.
  8. ^ Agence-France Presse (18 September 2011). "Hamas rejects U.N. bid, saying it compromises 'historical Palestine'". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 2014-07-20.

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