Hamas spokesman’s sister treated in Israeli hospital

Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk, September 18, 2014. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk, September 18, 2014. (AP/Khalil Hamra)

Hamas leaders’ family members known to visit the Jewish state to obtain medical care unavailable in Gaza

(SOURCE)  The sister of Hamas senior official Moussa Abu Marzouk is being treated in an Israeli hospital for cancer, Israel Radio reported Monday.

The hospitalization of the sister of Abu Marzouk is the latest case of a relative of a member of the terror group being treated in Israel despite a toxic relationship with the Jewish state.

There are few details known about the case, including which hospital is treating the woman.

The 60-year-old woman, who was not named in the report or by medical officials, suffers from advanced-stage cancer. Her condition is critical, and she remains hospitalized in Israel, according to the report.

Marzouk is one of Hamas’s top officials, and has served as its main Gaza spokesman in recent years.

The incident marks the latest in a series of medical treatments Israel has offered to the families of Hamas leaders. Israel and Hamas fought a fierce 50-day war this summer that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians according to Palestinian sources, and 72 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers. Israel says half of the Gaza dead were Hamas and other gunmen.

Despite the ongoing state of war between Israel and Hamas, Israel has allowed Palestinians to enter Israel for medical treatments not available in Gaza.

This policy has meant that the family members of Hamas leaders often receive medical treatments in the Jewish state. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has seen his mother-in-law, daughter and granddaughter all treated in Israeli hospitals.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Palestinian top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gives a speech during a rally in Gaza City. (Photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra, File)

In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Palestinian top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gives a speech during a rally in Gaza City. (Photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra, File)