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IDF neutralizes 2 Hamas intelligence operatives, 1 linked to October 7th attacks

IDF neutralizes 2 Hamas intelligence operatives, 1 linked to October 7th attacks Illustrative photo (facebook com tzahalonline)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Israel Defense Forces eliminated two high-ranking officials of the Hamas intelligence unit. One of them was responsible for the attacks on October 7th, reports The Times of Israel.

One of the officials, Abed al-Aziz Rantisi, was responsible for Hamas' surveillance capabilities and was involved in planning the attacks on October 7th.

He was killed as a result of a strike on the Hamas intelligence command post alongside Ahmed Ayush, who, according to the IDF, was a senior operative in the observation unit of the terrorist group in the al-Qarara battalion.

The IDF states that the command post targeted in the strike was the hub of all Hamas' surveillance capabilities and served as a vital strategic asset for managing combat operations.

The conflict in Israel

On October 7th, Hamas militants attacked Israel, targeting not only military but also civilian casualties. Israel was regularly fired upon from the Gaza Strip. In response, Tel Aviv initiated operations against the terrorists and conducted active campaigns in the Gaza Strip.

A temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas began on November 24th. At that time, the parties agreed to a four-day ceasefire, but they extended it for another two days on the condition that militants would release more hostages.

On December 1st, Israel resumed military actions in the Gaza Strip, claiming that Hamas had violated the terms of the ceasefire.

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israeli forces had managed to surround the residence of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar in the southern Gaza Strip.