IDF says it killed several top Hamas commandos in a series of raids

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

IDF forces in the northern Gaza Strip seen in a handout photo released November, 10 2023 (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF forces in the northern Gaza Strip seen in a handout photo released November, 10 2023 (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israel Defense Forces says ground forces killed several Hamas operatives, including members of the terror group’s elite Nukhba forces who participated in the October 7 massacre.

The operations were carried out following intelligence information provided to the soldiers by the Shin Bet Security agency.

The IDF says the troops killed Ahmed Musa, a Nukhba company commander, and Amr Alhandi, a Nukhba platoon commander, who were holed up in Jabaliya.

According to the IDF, Musa was one of the Hamas commanders who led the assault on the Zikim base, the nearby Kibbutz, and another army post in the area on October.

“In recent days Ahmed Musa led offensive activity against IDF forces in the west Jabaliya area,” the IDF says.

The IDF says troops also killed Muhammed Kahlout, the head of Hamas’s so-called sniper array in the terror group’s northern Gaza brigade.

In another incident, the IDF says troops of the 252nd Division killed 19 Hamas operatives who were planning to attack soldiers.

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