The Israel Defense Forces says it has killed Nisam Abu Ajina, commander of Hamas's Beit Lahiya battalion, in an overnight airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli military, Abu Ajina was responsible for commanding Hamas militants who carried out deadly attacks on Kibbutz Erez and Netiv Hasara on October 7. According to the news of The Times of Israel, this same commander had already carried out several attacks on Israel.
The Israeli military says the same commander previously commanded Hamas' air force, and played a key role in the terrorist group's drones and paragliders used in the October 7 attacks. Sky News quoted Gaza's Health Ministry as saying that so far 8525 Palestinian civilians have died in the war between Israel and Hamas. It said that 3,542 children were among those who died. This figure is more than the 8,306 deaths recorded till yesterday.
Air attack carried out based on intelligence information
Here, the Israeli Army says that the air strike was carried out following intelligence collected by the Shin Bet Security Agency and the Military Intelligence Directorate. “His elimination represents a significant blow to the efforts of the Hamas terrorist group to disrupt IDF ground operations in the Gaza Strip,” it said.
Hamas took 240 people hostage, released only 4 hostages
Hamas and other terrorist groups currently hold about 240 captives, including men, women and children. Hamas has released four hostages, but has stipulated that the remaining captives will be released only in exchange for the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
Hamas retaliated and Israeli army intensified ground operations in Gaza
Hamas attacked Israeli forces in the northern and southern areas of Gaza early Tuesday. On the other hand, Israel has intensified its ground operations inside Gaza amid the war. The Hamas attack used machine guns and anti-tank missiles, while Israeli tanks and infantry continued to attack the main city inside the Gaza Strip.