Head of Islamic University in Gaza killed in Israeli airstrike

TOPSHOT – A picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip on December 2, 2023, shows an explosion and smoke billowing over the Palestinian territory during an Israeli strike as battles resumed between Israel and Hamas militants. Israel and Hamas brushed off international calls to renew an expired truce on December 2 as air strikes pounded militant targets in Gaza and Palestinian groups launched volleys of rockets.

ISTANBUL: The Rector of the Gaza Islamic University in the Gaza Strip, Sufyan Tayeh, and his family, were killed yesterday in an Israeli airstrike, reported Anadolu Agency.

The academic was killed in an airstrike in the Al-Faluja area in Jabalia in the northeastern Gaza Strip.

“Academician and President of the Islamic University Dr Sufian Tayeh and his family were martyred today as a result of (an Israeli) occupation airstrike on the Faluja area in Gaza,” Education Minister Mahmoud Abu Mouis said in a statement.

According to the local Quds News Network, Tayeh was classified in 2021 being in the 2 per cent of the best researchers in the world.

Born in 1971 in northern Gaza, Tayeh was a researcher in physics and applied mathematics.

The death toll from Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has soared to 15,207 since the outbreak of the conflict on October 7, the Gaza Ministry of Health said Saturday.

The Israeli army resumed bombing the Gaza Strip early Friday after declaring an end to a week-long humanitarian pause.

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