IDF says senior Hamas battalion commander, Oct. 7 terrorists killed in Gaza airstrikes

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

IDF troops operate in the central Gaza corridor, in a handout image published May 5, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF troops operate in the central Gaza corridor, in a handout image published May 5, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

A senior Hamas commander in the terror group’s Bureij Battalion was killed in a recent airstrike, the military says.

The IDF says that Saleh Jamil Muhammad Imad, head of the Bureij Battalion’s combat support unit, was killed alongside several other Hamas operatives at the targeted site in central Gaza.

Another airstrike killed three Hamas terrorists, members of the group’s elite Nukhba force, who participated in the October 7 onslaught, according to the IDF.

The IDF says a separate strike in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya killed three Hamas operatives, including a deputy company commander.

Overnight, the IDF carried out artillery shelling against a Hamas rocket launching site in Gaza that the military says was primed for attacks on southern Israel.

Fighter jets also hit several more sites across Gaza, including buildings used by terror groups, weapon depots, and other infrastructure, the IDF says. One of the buildings was struck after a sniper was identified in it, according to the army.

The airstrikes come as ground troops of the 99th Division continue to operate in central Gaza’s Netzarim Corridor.

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