High-ranking Hamas leader was killed in an Israeli air raid in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, while Israeli defense forces appeared to prepare for a ground invasion amid growing tensions. High up
Bassem Issa, the highest-ranking military officer of the Gaza Islamic terrorist group, was among the Hamas leaders killed when a high-rise in the city where the group’s office was bombarded by an Israeli bomb, Fox News said in a report.
The other Hamas leaders killed in the bombing were Cyber Command chief Jamathahla; Jamal Zabeda, Group Research Leader; And Chief Engineer, Nazzem Hatib Times of Israel.
Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency, said ten other Hamas officers involved in weapons production and research were also killed.
The announcement comes as Israel retains a strong stand, saying it is willing to escalate the conflict to counter Hamas̵7; ballistic attacks in Tel Aviv and surrounding areas by the third day. Of battle
“We have eliminated Hamas top commanding staff and this is just the beginning,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.
“We will damage them that they cannot even dream about.”
The Israeli commander also said the three infantry brigades were “prepared for the worst possible situation” in the conflict, pointing out that ground invasion could be in line with air bombing, according to the New York Times. S
Israeli forces have already moved into the Lydd region on a mission to suppress the Palestinian unrest.
Images from the city, posted on Twitter by the Institute for Understanding in the Middle East, show hundreds of Israeli soldiers marching through the city.
Meanwhile, Hamas official Fathi Hammad urged militants to “cut off the heads of the Jews,” according to reports.
Israeli air strikes destroyed three high-rise buildings in the Gaza Strip, including the one where Hamas officials were killed by Hamas fired missiles at Tel Aviv.
A Palestinian rocket on Wednesday killed 21-year-old officer Sgt. Omier Tabib, a member of Israel’s Nahal Infantry Bridgade 931th Infantry Battalion, the Times of Israel said.