/ 15 March 2024

Israel targets senior Hamas figures

TOPSHOT - Rockets are fired from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, towards Israel on May 10, 2021. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Israel’s focus since the 7 October Hamas attacks has been on eliminating the terror group and yesterday brought them one step closer to that goal. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said the “significant” Hamas leader Hadi Mustafa was killed in a strike in southern Lebanon – he was accused of attacks on international Israeli and Jewish targets. In a second “precise strike” in the southern Gazan city of Rafah, the IDF says another Hamas commander – Mohammed Abu Hasna – was one of 5 people killed. A staff member for the United Nations’ Palestinian aid agency UNRWA was killed in the same strike when it hit a food distribution centre in Rafah. UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini says similar Israeli strikes hitting Gazan aid facilities have “become commonplace in blatant disregard to international humanitarian law.” The IDF says it plans to move displaced Gazans to “humanitarian islands” with aid and shelter before launching a full-scale invasion of Rafah. 

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