Hamas vows revenge after Israel kills top commander in Gaza airstrike
IDF says it killed top Hamas commanders in joint operation with the Shin Bet, including close operatives to Mohammed Deif.
Israel was bracing for additional long-range rocket attacks after Hamas warned on Wednesday that it would avenge the deaths of its top commanders with special rocket barrages throughout the evening.
The commanders were killed in a joint IDF- Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation earlier Wednesday when the IDF said it carried out a series of targeted killings in Gaza City and Khan Younis, eliminating senior members of Hamas' General Staff who were considered close to the head of the group's military wing, Mohammed Deif.
The dead men were identified as Bassem Issa, the head of the Gaza City brigade since 2017 and head of the group’s cyber network and missile improvement project Jamaa Tahla. According to the Shin Bet, Tahla was the right-hand man of Deif and the central leader of the group’s efforts to improve its military capabilities.
The IDF warned residents of Gaza on Tuesday to stay away from any locations where Hamas weapons are stored for their own safety, saying there will be a "wide wave of attacks in the Gaza Strip."
From an article in the Jerusalem Post
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