IDF says it killed a top Hamas commander in airstrike

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

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

According to the IDF, Mubasher previously served as head of Hamas’s naval forces, and also held several positions related to the terror group’s weapon manufacturing.

“Mubasher has extensive experience in the military and as a commander, directing terror attacks, and he is considered close to Mohammed Deif, the commander of Hamas’s military wing,” the IDF says in a joint statement with the Shin Bet security agency.

The IDF says Mubasher was behind the deadly 2002 attack at the Atzmona pre-military academy in Gush Katif among other attacks against IDF forces when Israel controlled the Gaza Strip before 2005, and the Hamas infiltration into Israel via Zikim beach in 2014.

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