Israel says it has killed the architect of Hamas’ aerial incursion into the country three weeks ago – as jets struck 150 ‘underground targets’ during an intense night of raids.
Asem Abu Rakaba was killed in one of the attacks carried out on alleged targets linked to the terror group, according to a statement issued by the Israeli military.
Abu Rakaba commanded the Hamas militants who infiltrated Israel on paragliders on October 7, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said; terrorists flew over the border into Israel to carry out the attacks that killed some 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians.
Israeli shelling and air strikes destroyed ‘terror tunnels, underground combat spaces and additional underground infrastructure, according to the IDF, which also claims to have killed the ‘maritime commander’ of Hamas’ militant arm.
Images taken today suggest the bombing is continuing amid a communications blackout that has seen civilians, aid agencies and journalists inside the enclave cut off from the world – and the families of hostages demand answers.