IDF says it killed pair of senior Hamas intel official in airstrike this week

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

Abed al-Aziz Rantisi (L) and Ahmed Ayush. (IDF)
Abed al-Aziz Rantisi (L) and Ahmed Ayush. (IDF)

The IDF says that a few days ago it killed two senior officials in Hamas’s intelligence division, in an airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

It says one of the officials, Abed al-Aziz Rantisi, was responsible for Hamas’s observation capabilities, and was involved in the planning of the October 7 attacks.

He was killed in a strike on a Hamas intelligence command room, along with Ahmed Ayush, who the IDF says is a senior operative in the terror group’s observation array in the al-Qarara battalion.

The IDF says the command room that was hit in the strike was a center for all of Hamas’s observation capabilities, and it “served as a significant strategic asset for the management of the fighting.”

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