IDF says it killed deputy head of Hamas’s national security force in central Gaza strike

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

The deputy commander of Hamas’s national security force was killed in an airstrike in the central Gaza Strip yesterday, the military announces.

According to the IDF, Diaa al-Din al-Sharafa was responsible for “managing the mechanism that secures the borders of the Gaza Strip.”

“During the war, this mechanism prevented the population from evacuating from combat zones,” the IDF says.

Israel has vowed to eliminate Hamas following the October 7 onslaught, including its civil authority and members of its political wing.

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