The head of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed al-Jabari has been killed in an Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip. Jabari, the commander of Izzeddin Qassam Brigades, was killed when his car was hit by an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday. Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it had killed Jabari because of his decade-long anti-Israel activities.
"During a joint operation of the General Security Service (Shin Bet) and the IDF today, Ahmed al-Jabari, the senior commander of the military wing of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, was targeted," a statement from the Shin Bet said.He is the most senior Hamas official to be killed since an Israeli offensive in Gaza four years ago. At least nine Palestinians have been killed and over 20 injured in the Israeli operation "Cloud Column." Shortly after the attack, an Israeli official said that Jabari's assassination in the Gaza Strip was not the end of Israel's assault on the coastal Palestinian territory and more strikes would follow. Israel also says over 20 sites in Gaza have been targeted in its fresh round of violence against the coastal enclave. Meanwhile, Izzeddin Qassam Brigades announced that Israel opened gates of hell to itself by killing Jabari. Islamic Jihad has also said that by killing Jabari, Israel has declared war on Gaza. According to the latest reports, missiles have been fired from Gaza to Sderot and Ashkelon in Israel. HM/AZ/SS