Airstrikes kill two top Hamas leaders as Israel retaliates

October 12, 2023

Israel has reportedly eliminated two key Hamas leaders during its retaliation against terrorist attacks from the radical group in the Gaza Strip.

Joad Abu Shmalah, the Hamas Minister of Economy in the Gaza Strip, and Zachariah Abu Ma'amar, a senior member of the Hamas' political bureau, were both noted as recent casualties.

Fighting back

"As Israel prepares for a ground invasion, they’ve been hammering Gaza with multiple airstrikes, warning civilians to flee as they plan to turn most known Hamas sites into rubble," Townhall reported.

"In many cases, they’re offering detailed information about the campaign that is to come to mitigate civilian casualties in the strip, which has long been a Jihadi base," it added.

The statements

"Overnight, an IDF aircraft struck Joad Abu Shmalah, the Hamas Minister of Economy in the Gaza Strip. As part of his role, he managed the funding of terrorism inside and outside the Gaza Strip. He held security positions in the terrorist organization and led a number of operations targeting Israeli civilians and the State of Israel," IDF said, according to Fox News.

"Overnight, an IDF aircraft struck Zachariah Abu Ma'amar, a senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization's political bureau and head of its office for internal relations. He was a senior Hamas decision-maker and coordinator between terror groups in the Gaza Strip," officials said in a separate statement.

Shmalah's role

"The IDF also said one of its aircraft struck and killed Joad Abu Shmalah, the Hamas minister of economy in the Gaza Strip," ABC News reported.

"He held security positions in Hamas and led a number of operations targeting Israeli civilians," according to the outlet.

The targeting of the leaders is part of Israel's larger response following the recent terrorist attacks that have killed more than 1,200 people since Saturday.

The Israeli government vowed to destroy Hamas, targeting its sites with airstrikes while also preparing for a ground response.

The actions have been quick and powerful, with the Gaza Strip now sealed off as residents take cover during the military operation in their area.

" A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature."
Thomas Jefferson
© 2015 - 2024 Conservative Institute. All Rights Reserved.