IDF says Hamas commander killed in overnight hit

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

The Israel Defense Forces says it has killed the commander of Hamas’s West Khan Younis Battalion, Madhat Mubasher, in an overnight airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

The IDF says Mubasher “took part in sniper attacks and was responsible for large explosive devices [used] against IDF forces and Israeli towns.”

Separately, the IDF says that over the past day, it carried out more than 250 airstrikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

The targets included Hamas tunnels, command centers, rocket launching positions, and dozens of operatives, the IDF says.

The military also confirms a Skylark 3 drone crashed in the Gaza Strip earlier today, “as a result of a technical error.”

There is no fear of sensitive information leaking from the device, the IDF adds.

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