IDF: Hamas’s Beit Hanoun Battalion commander killed by Israeli forces in a tunnel in northern Gaza

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

The commander of Hamas’s Beit Hanoun Battalion was killed by Israeli forces in a tunnel in the Jabaliya area in northern Gaza, the military says.

Hussein Fiad was responsible for “many anti-tank missile attacks launched at Israel during the war, and well as launching many mortars at [northern Gaza border] communities,” the IDF says in a statement.

The IDF announces on May 23, 2024 that Hamas’s Beit Hanoun Battalion commander, Hussein Fiad, was killed by Israeli forces in a tunnel in the Jabaliya area. (Israel Defense Forces

The IDF says Fiad was killed in a tunnel in a joint operation carried out by the 98th Division and special forces of the Air Force and the elite Yahalom Combat Engineering unit.

His killing is “part of the 98th Division’s fighting effort above and below ground, to find and destroy tunnel networks and eliminate the terrorists hiding inside,” the military adds.

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