“Former Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, Youssef Salama, aged 68, was killed on Sunday in an Israeli strike on his residence in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, and the Hamas health ministry confirmed his death. Salama, closely associated with Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas, served as minister from February 2005 to March 2006.”

“He also served as a preacher at Al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem. As of now, there has been no immediate comment on his killing from the Israeli army.

Israel initiated a sustained military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip following an unprecedented attack by Palestinian militants on southern Israel on October 7. The militants’ assault resulted in approximately 1,140 casualties, predominantly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.

The ongoing Gaza offensive by Israel has tragically claimed the lives of over 21,800 people, mostly women and children, as reported by the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.”

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