by: Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy, Matan Tzuri, and Itamar Eichner
Monday, 12 November 2018 | Six Hamas members, among them the east Khan Yunis brigade commander, were killed and seven were wounded during an Israeli Air Force (IAF) strike in southern Gaza on Sunday, according to Palestinian sources.
Hamas’s military wing said in an official a statement, “a special IDF [Israel Defense Force] force penetrated into Gaza at three kilometers [1.8 miles] depth with a civil vehicle near the Isma’il Abu Shanab mosque, east of Khan Yunis.
“The force killed Nur Barakeh, Hamas’s military wing brigade commander. After the IDF force was revealed, the IAF aircraft began firing to allow the soldiers to withdraw, which led to fatalities on our side,” Hamas’s statement read.
“The incident is ongoing, and our forces are operating against the Zionist dangerous aggression,” the statement concluded.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit asserted no IDF soldiers were abducted during the incident.
Meanwhile, Gaza border community residents were instructed to remain close to bomb shelters.
Some of the residents said loud explosion noises were heard, and that “the house walls were shaking.” Shortly thereafter, two Code Red sirens were sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council, apparently due to several rockets exploding in open spaces, with the Iron Dome system being activated.
Following the fire exchanges, landing paths were altered at Ben Gurion Airport, and it was announced school would be canceled on Monday in the Gaza border communities.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman concluded a situation assessment at 11.00 p.m. at the Kirya headquarters with the attendance of [IDF] Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Shin Bet [Israeli internal security organization] Director Nadav Argaman and additional senior officials of the defense establishment.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently in Paris, is holding a security consultation and is in constant contact with the defense establishment heads. The prime minister will cut his trip short due to the security situation in southern Israel.
Editor’s Note: Ynetnews reports that, “An IDF officer was killed and another was moderately wounded during an IDF special force operation in the Gaza Strip after fire exchanges developed between the force and Palestinian terrorists. The wounded officer was evacuated to receive medical treatment in the Soroka University Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.”
Posted on November 12, 2018
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