Tel al-Hawa (Arabic: تل الهوا, "Hill of the Wind") or Tel al-Islam ("Hill of Islam") is a neighborhood in the southern part of the Palestinian city of Gaza. Founded by the Palestinian National Authority in the late 1990s, Tel al-Hawa is one of the more affluent areas of the city. It contains the Islamic University in Gaza and the Interior Ministry of the Palestinian National Authority.
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Tel al-Hawa was formerly the headquarters of the Preventive Security Service, until Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007 and turned it into a police station. After capturing the neighborhood, Hamas militiamen had it renamed to "Tel al-Islam". The Doghmush family held journalist Alan Johnston in Tel al-Hawa until Hamas secured his release. The neighborhood was severely damaged in the Gaza War, codenamed "Operation Cast Lead" by Israel. It was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting of the war. Dozens of Hamas fighters were killed or wounded, and a number of IDF soldiers were also wounded. 12 civilians were also killed.
- ^ a b Tel Al-Hawa: The invasion and then after. Ma'an News Agency, January 17, 2009
- ^ Gaza air campaign 'a first stage' BBC News. 2009-01-02.
- ^ Inside Tel al Hawa Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Conflict Blotter.
- ^ Hamas: We'll execute Fatah leaders YNET. 2007-06-14.
- ^ Hamas surrounds kidnap hideout as Johnston's fate hangs in balance Independent.