With a series of precision strikes on Gaza and Hamas sites on Wednesday, Israel’s Defense Forces successfully eliminated some of the top leaders from the Hamas terrorist group as well as some senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commanders.
The IDF officially named some of the terrorists that were killed in a series of operations, including Bassam Issa, commander of the Gaza City Brigade since 2017. According to the Shin Bet, Issa was a senior member of Hamas’s weapons-production network and had been involved in multiple attacks against Israel. His death will “significantly impact” the brigade’s ability to function, as well as the operations of Hamas’s military wing, according to the Shin Bet.
Among the others was Jama’a Tahla, Hamas’s cyber chief and head of the division in charge of boosting the terror group’s missile arsenal, who was in charge of Hamas’s research and development and was the “right-hand man” of Hamas’s chief military commander, Muhammad Deif, according to the Shin Bet. He was also a central leader of Hamas’s force build-up program, to which his death dealt a “significant blow.”
At least 30 enemy combatants had been killed by the IDF, including five special Hamas force members trapped in an attack tunnel and who are presumed dead.