Sister of senior Hamas official reportedly being treated in Israeli hospital


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The sister of senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk reportedly is being treated in an Israeli hospital.

Halamia Shcata, 60, who has cancer, is in critical condition in an unnamed Israeli hospital, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.

Marzouk on Sunday criticized the Israeli government’s decision on Saturday to close the two crossings from Israel into Gaza hours after a rocket was fired from the coastal strip into southern Israel. Exceptions are being made for humanitarian cases.

The hospitalization of a relative of  a Hamas official, which is not being officially confirmed by the Israeli military’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, comes two weeks after the news that the daughter of Gazan Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was treated last month at a Tel Aviv hospital.

Haniyeh’s mother-in-law and year-old granddaughter both were cared for in Israeli hospitals this year.


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