Zionist regime assassinates Hamas commanders in sting operation
Zionist regime’s Special Forces infiltrate the Gaza Strip, assassinating a top Hamas commander, while subsequent Israeli airstrikes martyr five others, including another commander with the Palestinian resistance movement.
According to Press TV, on Sunday, the group said in a statement that the forces had made their way into the coastal sliver using a civilian vehicle.
The Israeli occupants assassinated Nour Baraka, a senior Commander with Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, in a drive-by shooting near the city of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, it added.
The group defined the exact place where the targeted assassination took place as “the area of the Shahid Ismail Abu Shanab Mosque, three kilometers (1.8 miles) east of Khan Yunis.”
Local witnesses said a firefight erupted afterwards, with Israeli aircraft firing from above “to cover the retreat of this force, and in the process some of our people were martyred,” adding, the aircraft fired over 20 missiles during the strikes.
"The incident continues and our forces continue to respond to this dangerous Zionist aggression," said the statement.
Five more people were martyred during the airstrikes, including Mohammad al-Qarra, another Hamas Commander, Palestinian medical officials were quoted by AFP as saying.
Various reports said an Israeli trooper had been seized during the exchange, but the Israeli military denied any such incident had taken place.