The Israeli air raid on Marwan Issa’s house is likely the highest-level strike since Israel began its operation in Gaza a week ago.
Issa is officially the Number Two in Hamas’s armed wing, after Mohammed Deif. He became acting head of the terror group in 2012, after Israel assassinated then-leader Ahmed Jaabari as the first strike in 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense.
While Issa’s condition is not know, most Hamas leaders have been staying away from their homes, knowing they will be targeted by Israeli raids.
According to a 2012 Haaretz article on Issa, he “almost never appears in public, doesn’t meet with journalists and avoids the cameras of the press.”
He was also intimately involved with the capture and holding of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and survived a 2006 assassination attempt, according to the paper.