Senior Hamas operative killed in Gaza airstrike — IDF, Shin Bet

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

A senior Hamas operative in the terror group’s Shati Battalion was killed in an airstrike in Gaza on Friday, the military and Shin Bet announce.

Naim Ghoul, according to the IDF and Shin Bet, was involved in rocket fire at Israel, and was among those responsible for guarding hostage Cpl. Noa Marciano in the Gaza Strip.

Marciano, who was abducted on October 7, was later killed by Hamas at Shifa Hospital. Her body was recovered by the IDF in November.

In February, the IDF had said it killed Ahmed Ghoul, another Shati Battalion commander who was involved in guarding Marciano.

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