Israel Strike Kills Two Senior Hamas Leaders – Highest Ranking Official Killed Since Hamas Started the War Against Israel

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Palestinians carrying the body of Hamas commander Ayman Nofal – Screenshot / Twitter

Two senior Hamas leaders were killed in recent Israeli strikes. Ayman Nofal, a high-ranking commander in Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, was killed on Tuesday.

Additionally, on Monday, the Israeli Air Force announced the killing of Osama Mazini, who served as the head of Hamas’ Shura Council and was the group’s chief hostage negotiator.

New York Post reported:

Two senior Hamas leaders linked to the notorious 2006 abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit have been killed in separate airstrikes on Gaza just hours apart, according to the Israeli military.

A strike targeting the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Tuesday claimed the life of Ayman Nofal, a top commander in Hamas’ military wing known as the Al-Qassam Brigades — the most high-profile militant known to have been killed so far in the war with Israel.

Hamas confirmed Nofal’s death in a Telegram post Tuesday, hailing him as a “martyr” who was killed “as a result of a barbaric Zionist bombing.”

Nofal was in charge of Hamas militant activities in the central Gaza Strip and was associated with the creation of the group’s “joint operations” room that coordinated between Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups in the area.

“Nofal directed many attacks against Israeli civilians and besides being one of the most dominant figures in the terrorist organization, he was involved in the planning of the abduction of Gilad Shalit,” the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.

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