Hamas chief among 7 killed as Israel pounds Gaza


GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories— A top Hamas commander was among seven people killed in more than 20 Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, as Israel began an operation targeting militant groups.

Ahmed Jaabari, the operational commander of Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, was killed alongside his bodyguard, Mohammed al-Hams, in an initial Israeli strike on a car in Gaza City which took place just before 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), the Islamist movement said.

Shortly afterwards, Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with another 20 air strikes, killing five more people, two of them children, Hamas health minister Mufid Mukhalalati said in a televised press conference at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital.

He said another 30 people had been injured in the wave of strikes on targets across the territory which hit Gaza City, the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the southern city of Khan Yunis.

“The Israeli occupation has carried out more than 20 air strikes on targets and headquarters of the police and security in the Gaza Strip,” interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told AFP.

Hospitals and medical centres across Gaza were put on high alert after the initial strikes as Israel warned the hit on Jaabari was only “the beginning” and said “a significant number” of militant arms dumps were within civilian and residential areas.

The attacks came after a flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza-based groups, which saw more than 120 rockets fired from the Palestinian territory into the Jewish state, and Israeli air strikes and shelling that killed seven people.

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  • freaksmoker

    Israel justifies it’s defensive action on the recent attacks from the Gaza Strip while Palestinians Hamas declares that “Israel has just opened the gates of hell.” Is this a portent of doom? I distinctly remember one person who predicted that Armageddon – Har Meggido (last battle) will be preceded by an assassination of a military leader. Everybody thought then that it was the death of Yasser Arafat but were proven wrong. Well, Arafat was not assassinated but believed to be poisoned. Hamas’ Jaabari is the leader of Hamas military brigade named Qassam. Dec. 21, 2012 is fast approaching so we’ll see if what has been foretold by some will materialize.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    Without Iran, Hamas cannot fire those missiles against Israel. They are just being used by Iran. This is a war by proxy

  • nennen12345

    it’s good that the hamas military chief has died at least the palestinians are now crippled with the death of their leader. hope the tension there will not escalate further.  

  • Bobby Espedilla

    None sense war! The real enemy is not Jew vs Palestine but your “BELIEF” that causes war! 

  • WeAry_Bat

    This may never end.  There was a Palestine baby killed, I feel the father would be having a very deep sense of revenge.  There were 3 Israelis killed, I feel the families would be having a very deep sense of revenge.

    But these events have happened many times in the past, there is no denying they will happen again.  And again…

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    5 years ago, israel already withdrawn from gaza plus all its settlements for PEACE…but for that 5 years, these terrorists HAMAS continuously flying rockets to ISRAEL…provoking ISRAEL…

    now, who has the fault…it is these MUSLIM SHEYTS!!!!

    it is totally unacceptable that you’ll just sit and watch rockets flying in your heads, bombing your neighborhood…and that is what these muslim terrorists sheyts having fun off…

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