The Israeli military says it has killed two Hamas commanders who carried out devastating attacks in the south of the country last weekend.
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Ali Qadi led one of the groups of militants who crossed the border from the Gaza Strip early Saturday to launch attacks that left more than 1,300 people dead.
On Saturday, Israeli forces claimed to have killed Ali Qadi, released in the 2011 prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in an airstrike.
In an online statement, an IDF spokesperson said: “Ali Qadi led the inhumane and barbaric massacre of civilians in Israel on October 7.
“We have just eliminated him. All Hamas terrorists will suffer the same fate.”
An Israeli Air Force spokesperson added: “Based on precise intelligence from the IDF and the ISA, IAF planes killed Ali Qadi, company commander of the “Nukhba” commando. of Hamas, which led the terrorist attack in Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip last weekend.
“In 2005, Ali was apprehended following the kidnapping and murder of Israeli civilians and was released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.”
Reuters also reports that the Israeli military claims to have killed Merad Abu Merad, who was the head of Hamas’ air system.
Israel has ordered more than a million Palestinians living in and around Gaza City to head south as airstrikes continue against Hamas militants.
In addition to the 1,300 people killed in the Hamas attacks, many others were injured and others kidnapped and taken back across the border to Gaza.
The Palestinian Health Ministry says more than 2,200 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli airstrikes against the region.
The Israeli army said it had prepared a “coordinated” offensive in the Gaza Strip, involving air, land and naval forces.
In a statement posted on its website Saturday evening, the army said it was “preparing to implement a wide range of offensive operational plans.”