The Israeli military said it killed a senior Hamas commander in an airstrike, who was responsible for holding approximately 1,000 people and patients as hostages in a Gaza hospital and not allowing them to escape to their safety.
In a tweet posted on X, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said Ahmed Siam was a commander in Hamas’s Naser Radwan Company and used civilians as human shields in terror attacks.
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Since widening its ground operations against Hamas in Gaza last month, Israeli forces have killed a number of Hamas operatives who were involved in the October 7 attacks when the Palestinian group launched an unprecedented attack on the Jewish nation.
The war has killed around 1,200 people in Israel while more than 10,000 have lost their lives in Gaza.
Earlier this month, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant called on the people of the Palestinian enclave to find out and kill Hamas’s Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar, saying if they did so “it would shorten the war”.
“We will get to (Hamas Gaza chief) Yahya Sinwar and eliminate him. If the residents of Gaza get there ahead of us, that will shorten the war,” he said, adding, “Hamas has no limits”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet have rejected calls for a ceasefire in the war as the international community raised concerns over the aftermath of the fighting and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.