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Senior IDF official says Israel believes it has killed entire PIJ military top brass

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

Maj. Gen. Oded Basiuk issues a statement outside the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, August 6, 2022. (Screenshot: Channel 12 news)
Maj. Gen. Oded Basiuk issues a statement outside the IDF's headquarters in Tel Aviv, August 6, 2022. (Screenshot: Channel 12 news)

The head of the military’s Operations Directorate, Maj. Gen. Oded Basiuk says according to “all available information,” Israel has killed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s top brass.

“This organization tried to carry out a deadly attack against Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers by launching an anti-tank guided missile, to kill civilians and soldiers,” Basiuk says in a press conference.

“We hit and foiled the chain [who sought to] execute this attack,” he says, referring to the assassination of Tayseer Jabari, the commander of the terror group in northern Gaza, and Khaled Mansour, the equivalent in southern Gaza.

Jabari was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Friday afternoon, and Mansour several hours ago.

“According to all the information we have, [Mansour] was [struck] along with others,” he says.

“The entire top brass of the PIJ military wing in Gaza were [struck],” Basiuk says.

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