NewsU.S. states Israel killed one of the leaders of Hamas

U.S. states Israel killed one of the leaders of Hamas

U.S. states Israel killed one of the leaders of Hamas
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9:47 AM EDT, March 19, 2024

During Monday's media briefing in the White House, President Biden's national security adviser informed the journalists that one of the Hamas senior leaders died in Israel's air strike.

Marwan Issa was a deputy commander in the Hamas military wing called "Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades". According to Israeli officials quoted by the New York Times, Issa was targeted by Israelis during the night from 9 to 10 March. However, it can't be 100% confirmed that the Hamas leader died in this particular airstrike, but there are supposed to be many indicators which prove that.

As the New York Times highlights by quoting the spokesman for the Israeli military, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, the airstrike in which Issa died occurred in the Nuseirat neighbourhood in the central part of Gaza, and its target was an underground facility in which Issa was hiding.

This operation was extremely important for Israel's army as Marwan Issa was the third most wanted Hamas member since 7 October 2023 on Israel's list. He was among the ones responsible for planning the attack. Another two leaders are Yahya Sinwar and Muhammed Deif, both believed to be alive.

Sources: BBC, The New York Times

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