Head of Hamas’s aerial forces killed in Gaza airstrike, IDF and Shin Bet say

The head of Hamas’s so-called aerial array Issam Abu Rukbeh has been killed in an overnight airstrike, the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security services announce.

The military says Abu Rukbeh was responsible for managing the terror group’s drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, paragliders, aerial detection systems, and air defenses.

The military says that he played a role in the planning and execution of the October 7 onslaught by Hamas by directing the terrorists who entered southern Israel on paragliders, as well as the drone attacks on Israel Defense Forces observation posts.

On October 14, the IDF announced that it had struck and killed the previous head of Hamas’s aerial forces, Murad Abu Murad.

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