The Israeli Air Force announced Tuesday that the “vast waves of attacks” it continues to unleash on the Gaza Strip have killed two senior Hamas officials.
The military wing said one of those killed was Hamas Economy Minister Jawad Abu Shamala.
“As part of his role, he managed the organization’s funds and allocated them to financing and directing terrorism inside and outside the Gaza Strip,” the IDF wrote. Israeli air on X, formerly known as Twitter. “He previously held security positions within the terrorist organization and, as part of his duties, directed several operations aimed at harming civilians in the State of Israel.”
The other Hamas official reportedly killed in Israeli retaliatory strikes is Zakaria Abu Ma’amr, who the Israeli Air Force says “is the head of the organization’s national relations office.”
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“As part of his duties, he has done a lot of work to incite and act against the sovereignty of the State of Israel and put its residents in danger,” he also said. “Furthermore, as part of his duties, he belonged to the main forum of the organization and was therefore involved in decision-making and planning of many directions and actions against the security of the State of Israel.”
The Israeli Air Force said Tuesday it was continuing its “waves of widespread attacks” on the Gaza Strip, hitting more than 250 targets in one neighborhood over the past day.
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“The Al Furkan neighborhood is used as a terrorist nest by Hamas and from where many activities against Israel are carried out,” he said in a message, adding that among the targets hit was the Rafah area included an “underground tunnel designed for the smuggling of equipment.” and ammunition.”
An Israeli military official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Israeli death toll since Hamas began attacking the country on Saturday now stands at more than 1,000.
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The Palestinian Health Ministry also says that around 830 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip.