A KEY Hamas commander was killed today alongside his family after an Israeli airstrike on his house.
One of the leaders of the terror group’s security forces, Jehad Mheisen, was killed at his home in Gaza City today.
The top Hamas commander was killed after an airstrike on his house today
GettyThe aftermath of Israeli airstrikes at al-Zahra neighborhood in the Gaza Strip[/caption]
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AFPThousands of people from both sides have been killed in the past weeks[/caption]
The top commander was killed with his family in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Radwan, a Hamas-aligned news agency said.
His death comes just days after another Hamas top commander was killed in an Israeli airstrike.
Ayman Nofal, who was in charge of the Central Gaza area in the armed wing Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam Brigades, is the most high-profile Hamas militant to be assassinated so far.
Nofal’s death came hours after the IDF confirmed it had killed senior Hamas official Dr Osama Mazini.
Dr Mazini, who was understood to have been Primary Hamas Negotiator for the 2011 prisoner swap, was taken out in the blast.
He handled the file of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held captive by Hamas in Gaza for five years.
Israel has been pounding neighbourhoods across Gaza including parts of the south that Israel had declared as “safe zones.”
In the nearly two weeks since a devastating Hamas rampage in southern Israel, that saw 1,300 people slaughtered and thousands of homes destroyed, the Israeli military has responded with airstrikes in Gaza.
Sirens wailed and emergency crews rushed to rescue survivors from a building in Khan Younis, where many residents were believed trapped.
The bombardments came hours after Israel agreed to allow Egypt to deliver limited humanitarian aid to Gaza.
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