IDF Announces Elimination of Another Hamas Commander Amid Ongoing Operations

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the killing of a high-ranking Hamas commander, Billal al-Qedr, following attacks he allegedly led on the southern Israeli communities of Nirim and Nir Oz.

by Faruk Imamovic
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IDF Announces Elimination of Another Hamas Commander Amid Ongoing Operations
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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced the killing of a high-ranking Hamas commander, Billal al-Qedr, following attacks he allegedly led on the southern Israeli communities of Nirim and Nir Oz. The IDF continued its operations against Hamas targets in Gaza, signaling a possibility of a more extensive ground operation in the near future.

Local sources reported that, ahead of any major ground operations, the population of Gaza has been advised to evacuate. This directive has resulted in convoys of people relocating to the south. In a concerning turn of events, some videos circulating online seem to suggest that one such column of evacuees was attacked, although the details remain unverified.

Details of the Operation

The IDF has provided more information on the operation that led to the elimination of Billal al-Qedra. They identified him as the commander of the Khan Younis Southern Battalion, Nukhba Unit. His elimination came as a result of a joint intelligence effort by the Shin Bet security agency and the Directorate of Military Intelligence.

The official statement from the IDF detailed the circumstances of the operation: "IDF warplanes, under the intelligence guidance of the Shin Bet, killed last night in the Gaza Strip, Bilal al-Kedra, the commander of the Nakhaba force in the South Khan Yunis battalion of the terrorist organization Hamas.

He was responsible for the deadly raid on Kibbutz Nirim and Nir Oz. In the same operation, other operatives belonging to the terrorist organization Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad were eliminated."

As the airstrikes continued throughout the night, the IDF confirmed the death of several more Hamas soldiers.

The IDF's statement further highlighted the extent of their operations, mentioning they had successfully struck over 100 targets. These included Hamas command centers, military compounds, rocket launchers, anti-tank missile launch points, observation posts, and even command centers of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The IDF's ongoing operations have already seen the elimination of several prominent figures within Hamas, notably including their head of air operations and the finance minister. As the situation continues to evolve, the international community closely watches, hoping for a swift resolution to the escalating conflict.

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