Helena Lyng Blak
8 weeks ago

Israel military claims to have killed Hamas second-in-command

Hamas neither confirms nor denies.
Barbed wire with a Palestinian and an Israeli flag in the background
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Tuesday evening, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Israeli national military, claimed to have “eliminated” Marwan Issa in a post on X.

Marwan Issa was the deputy to the head of Hamas’ military wing, meaning he was the second-in-command in Hamas’ military forces and the third-in-command overall.

According to the IDF, Issa was behind the planning of the October 7 attack, among other military activities.

Issa was reportedly killed in a strike by the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

Alongside Issa, the IDF also says they have killed Ghazi Abu Tamaa, head of Hamas’ Administrative and Combat Support Staff.

An hour later, also on Tuesday, the IDF furthermore stated in another post on X that they had apprehended more than 500 members of Hamas, including Bakr Ahmed Bakr Qanita, head of Hamas’ Security and Protection Department; Radwan Younes Kamal Tafesh, head of the department in the PIJ’s Manufacturing Unit; and Hashem Muhammad Hasan Albatash, PIJ’s deputy head of Finance.

According to Danmarks Radio, Hamas could neither conform nor deny Israel's claims.

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