We have eliminated Hamas commanders and this is just the beginning, “warned the Israeli interim head of government, hours after a selective attack by the army and intelligence services to take down high military commands from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the Islamic movement’s armed wing.
“Israel will respond, and is responding, with increasing strength to target” militias “they could not even dream of,” said Netanyahu at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, where he visited Israelis wounded by rockets fired from Gaza.
Since the wave of violence between Israel and Gaza began on Monday, at least 48 Palestinians, including 14 children, have died in the enclave, and six Israeli civilians, including a teenager and an Indian worker.
However, shortly after the latest balance of victims of the confrontation, the Israeli army confirmed the death of a military man, the first in three days of conflict with Hamas, following an attack with the missile fired from the Gaza Strip.
“Chief Sergeant Omer Tabib was killed this morning by an anti-tank missile during an operation to protect [Israeli] locations near the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
Al-Qassam said in the morning that it had fired a missile at an Israeli army jeep.
Palestinian militias launched more than 1,000 rockets against Israel, which also hit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, while Israel carried out more than 500 retaliatory bombings against targets in the enclave.
Anti-aircraft sirens keep ringing in Israeli communities near Gaza.
Among Hamas commanders killed today, the army confirmed one close to Mohamed Deif, commander of the al-Qassam Brigades, who today threatened to attack “new targets” in Israel from 18:00 local (16:00 in Lisbon).
The al-Qassam Brigades today confirmed the death of one of their leaders, Bassem Issa, a commander in Gaza City, a victim of an Israeli bombing.
Shin Beth, the Israeli internal intelligence services, had already announced the death of Bassem Issa, but also of three other leaders of the organization in attacks against the Palestinian enclave of two million inhabitants.
In total, the Israeli secret services claimed to have shot down “a dozen” other senior Hamas officials, but also executives from Islamic Jihad, the second armed Islamic group in the Gaza Strip, in a series of attacks carried out since Monday night.
The attacks, which continued today, are, according to the Israeli army, a retaliation for the rocket barrage fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad since Monday night.
Source: with Agencies