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Confirmed: Hamas No. 3 Marwan Issa Killed in Israeli Strike

March 20, 2024

by: JNS

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Smoke rises during an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

Wednesday, 20 March 2024 | The US on Monday confirmed that an Israeli airstrike in Gaza last week killed senior Hamas commander Marwan Issa.

“Hamas’s number three, Marwan Issa, was killed in an Israeli operation last week,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said during a White House press briefing.

“The rest of the top leaders are in hiding, likely deep in the Hamas tunnel network and justice will come for them too. We are helping to ensure that,” he added.

Jerusalem has not officially confirmed Issa’s death, but security officials told government ministers at Friday’s Security Cabinet meeting that signs indicated the targeted strike was successful.

Hamas has privately confirmed Issa’s death, Palestinian sources told Israel’s Kan News, according to a Sunday report, adding that the Hamas co-founder and deputy head of its “military” wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was hiding in a tunnel when he was killed and that his body is still beneath the rubble.

Razi Abu Tomeh, commander of Hamas’s Central Camp Brigade, also died in the strike, according to the Kan report.

The airstrike took place at the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on the night of March 9.

Posted on March 20, 2024

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on March 19, 2024. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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