As Israeli troops advanced deeper into the terror group’s stronghold of Gaza City, its leaders claimed another senior Hamas figure had been killed in a jet strike this week.
It followed bullish claims on Tuesday that the net was closing in on the group’s leader in Gaza, once described as the ‘Bin Laden of Hamas’, whose bunker was said to be cut off.
Defence minister Yoav Gallant said Israel was ‘tightening the noose’ around the city, although he did not specify where they believe Yahya Sinwar is hiding.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) later announced a key weapons developer, Mohsen Abu Zina, had been eliminated by a targeted air attack on the ‘production headquarters’ of Hamas.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) later announced a key weapons developer, Mohsen Abu Zina, had been eliminated by a targeted air attack on the ‘production headquarters’ of Hamas
An Israeli military spokesman said: ‘The directive is definitely to kill or capture…all the leaders of Hamas; those who planned, facilitated and executed the murderous October 7 massacre in Israel.
‘All of them are dead men walking and it’s only a matter of time inside Gaza and outside of Gaza, until these Hamas leaders will either be captured or killed by Israel.’
But it is the labyrinthine network of tunnels snaking below the Palestinian territory – known as the ‘Gaza Metro’ – which is widely considered to be the terror group’s key defence against advancing Israeli troops.
Videos posted on social media by the IDF yesterday claimed to show tunnel shafts being located, exposed by digging equipment and blown up by Israeli soldiers. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said 130 tunnels had been destroyed.
He claimed water and oxygen supplies had been uncovered, showing Hamas was preparing for ‘a prolonged stay in the tunnels’.
As Israeli troops advanced deeper into the terror group’s stronghold of Gaza City, its leaders claimed another senior Hamas figure had been killed in a jet strike this week
They are thought to have based their headquarters underneath the al-Shifa hospital. The IDF claimed a battalion was separately making its ‘last stand’ in another hospital, the Indonesian Hospital, underscoring the terrorists’ disregard for civilian lives.
A Hamas squad spotted hiding in a mosque were also killed by air strikes as they fled for the tunnel network and a weapons haul was seized by the IDF after they raided a school being used by Hamas as a base for rocket fire.
Hamas’s health ministry claims 10,500 people have been killed in Gaza, including more than 4,300 children. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday said the figure shows something is ‘clearly wrong’ with Israel’s methods.
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