ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Top Hamas operative believed targeted in Lebanon strike

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

The target of the alleged Israeli airstrike in Lebanon is Basel Salah, a Hamas operative charged with recruiting and managing members of the terror group, including in the West Bank, The Times of Israel has learned.

The Hamas unit Salah was a member of was headed by Azzam Al-Aqraa, who was killed in the alleged Israeli strike on Beirut last month, also killing the terror group’s deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri.

Salah allegedly was involved in recruiting Hamas members for years, even amid the war in Gaza.

Salah is believed to have been wounded in the strike earlier today in the village of Jadra, some 60 kilometers from the Israeli border, although his exact condition is not immediately clear.

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