According to health officials in the Gaza Strip, an attack by the Israel Defense Forces in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City resulted in the deaths of 14 relatives of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
According to accounts, the claimed hit killed the terrorist leader’s brother and nephew. Haniyeh himself resides in Qatar, where the administration of the Gulf Arab nation is guarding an office for him.
Terrorists in Gaza launched a massive barrage of rockets at southern and central Israel shortly after the claimed bombing, setting off alarms in important cities including Rishon Letzion, Petach Tikvah, Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, and Bat Yam.
Ayman Nofal, a member of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades’ General Military Council, was killed in an IDF bombing, according to a statement from Hamas earlier on Tuesday.
The IDF acknowledged the death of top Hamas operative Ayman Nofal in a post on X (formerly Twitter). The Israeli military asserts that “Nofal directed many attacks against Israeli civilians and, in addition to being one of the most important figures in the terrorist group, he was involved in the preparation for the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.”
The post ended with the statement, “We won’t stop until Hamas is destroyed.
In a huge attack that started from the Gaza Strip on October 7 and involved the firing of thousands of missiles at Israel and the infiltration of the Jewish state by terrorist troops, Hamas terrorists killed at least 1,400 Israelis and injured more than 4,100 more.
According to IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the IDF has declared that murdering prominent Hamas terrorists is its “top priority.” Abdel-Fattah Diab Deif, the brother of Hamas military commander Muhammad Deif, was reportedly killed in an Israeli bombing in the southern Gaza Strip last week, according to Palestinian sources.
Jawad Abu Shamala, the “Economy Minister” of Hamas, was killed by an Israeli airstrike on October 9. According to the IDF, Abu Shamala oversaw the organization’s finances and set aside money for supporting and coordinating attacks both inside and beyond the Gaza Strip.
The army added that he had previously held security posts within the terrorist group and was in charge of various operations meant to harm Israeli residents.
A separate attack claimed the life of Zakaria Abu Muammar, a senior member of the Hamas political bureau and the chief of the terrorist organization’s National Relations Office.
“Abu Muammar tried to instigate and act against the sovereignty of the State of Israel as part of his role and was known to be close to Yahya Sinwar [the Hamas leader in Gaza].