Hamas says shell that killed 4-year-old had targeted IDF chief

Hamas’s armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claims it can track senior IDF leaders and was targeting military officers in last Friday’s mortar shelling of Kibbutz Nahal Oz in which four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was killed.

The group’s website quotes “Abu Khalil,” who it describes as a “field commander in the artillery” of the Brigades, explaining that the mortar attack was carried out after Hamas received intelligence that IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz would be visiting the village that day.

The report claims, based on the “confusion” evident at the site of the attack as ambulances rushed to the scene, that Hamas’s shells had hit senior IDF officers.

While Gantz was present in the kibbutz that day, no IDF or other leaders were hurt in the attack. The IDF announced on Saturday that Gantz had visited Nahal Oz the previous day.

Hamas illustrated the report rather colorfully with a photo of a rifle sight over Gantz’s photo.

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