The IDF spokesman for Arabic media, Avichay Adraee, on Friday directed a tweet to Yahya Sinwar, warning the Hamas leader that “nobody involved in terror has immunity,” amid resurgent violence in Gaza after Palestinian snipers shot and killed an IDF soldier on the border.
Sinwar, considered one of Hamas’s most ruthless leaders, is the terror group’s chief in the Gaza Strip.
Adraee warned that Hamas in its actions was pushing Israel too far.
“By taking a series of foolish steps, you have chosen to ensnare the inhabitants [of Gaza] and harm them, and deteriorate their situation instead of advancing it. It is important to remember that there is no immunity for anyone involved in terrorism”
#السنوار كشخص له تجربة ليست بقليلة مع #إسرائيل، كان من المفروض أن تعلم بأنّ الحبل سينقطع في وقت ما.
بواسطة سلسلة خطوات حمقاء، اخترت توريط سكان #غزة، والمساس بهم، وبدلًا من تطوير وضعهم، اخترت تأزيمه. من المهم أن تتذكر بأنه لا توجد حصانة لأي شخص متورط بالإرهاب. #عاجل pic.twitter.com/G9zJ1A4hvE
— افيخاي ادرعي (@AvichayAdraee) July 20, 2018
The tweet was accompanied by a graphic with a picture of Sinwar and the caption: “Where am I? What is my fate?”
Sinwar was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for murdering Palestinian collaborators with Israel, and spent 22 years in Israeli jails before being released in the 2011 prisoner exchange deal for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
The tweet came as Israel carried out widespread airstrikes in the Gaza Strip Friday, after the soldier was shot, in what the IDF called the “most serious incident since the 2014 Gaza war.”
The air force launched a major wave of strikes at Hamas targets across Gaza, hitting some 60 targets including three battalion headquarters, the IDF said.
Following the strikes, rocket warning sirens wailed in communities around Gaza. At least two projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system and another fell in an open field, the army said. There were no reports of projectiles falling in Israeli communities or injuries.
Hamas later said a ceasefire had been agreed upon.