Hamas: Israeli airstrike hits leader's office

February 27, 2008 1:59:24 PM PST
Israeli aircraft attacked the empty office of Gaza's Hamas prime minister and the nearby Interior Ministry building late Wednesday, and Palestinians said the blasts killed a baby and wounded two dozen people in the surrounding area. The airstrike on Ismail Haniyeh's office came hours after a rocket attack by Gaza militants killed an Israeli college student in the southern border town of Sderot.

Health officials said shrapnel killed a 6-month-old baby whose family home was near the Interior Ministry.

Hamas security officials said missiles fired from Israeli helicopters hit the two buildings, which stand amid residences. The officials said 25 neighborhood residents and two Hamas security guards patrolling on the street suffered wounds.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Haniyeh has not used his office recently, although his staff works there. No one was in the office at the time of the late-night attack.