Tuesday, June 25

Israel declares senior Hamas leader Marwan Issa eliminated in Gaza strike

No instant verification from Hamas after Israeli military spokesperson states Issa was eliminated in a strike ‘2 weeks ago’.

Israel’s military spokesperson states Hamas deputy military leader Marwan Issa was eliminated previously this month in an Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.

A senior Hamas authorities informed Al Jazeera on Tuesday that the group’s political bureau has actually not yet gotten proof concerning the death of Issa, as Israel’s war on Gaza nears 6 months.

“Everyone understands given that the first day, the Israelis have actually been stating they wish to target [the] Qassam Brigades and other leaders. In the lack of a main declaration validating the martyrdom, one can not verify such details,” Hamdan stated from Beirut, Lebanon.

Previously, Israel’s Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari had actually stated: “We have actually inspected all the intelligence. “Marwan Issa was removed in the strike we performed around 2 weeks earlier,” he stated.

Izzat al-Rashq, a Hamas politburo member, stated there need to be no self-confidence in the Israeli declarations which verification might just originate from the Qassam Brigades.

The Israeli armed force had actually formerly stated they had actually targeted Issa in an air campaign on an underground substance in main Gaza on March 9-10.

Issa was a deputy to Mohammed Deif, the long time leader of Hamas’s military wing the Qassam Brigades.

Hamas’s leading leader in Gaza, and the supposed mastermind of the October 7 attack that set off Israel’s most current attack on Gaza, is Yahya Sinwar.

Israel has actually promised to eliminate both Sinwar and Deif in Gaza.

Israel states it has actually eliminated more than 13,000 Hamas fighters given that the start of the war however has actually not offered any proof to support its claims.

‘Producing a growing number of leaders’

Al Jazeera’s Hamdah Salhut, reporting from inhabited East Jerusalem, stated Israeli authorities have actually been stating because the start of their offensive that they are going to “discover and eliminate all Hamas management and each and every single Hamas fighter on the ground”.

“It wasn’t simply going to remain in Gaza. It was going to be all over the world,” Salhut stated.

The Israeli claim comes a day after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution requiring an instant ceasefire in Gaza and amidst growing require Israel to stop its almost six-month attack on the besieged enclave, which has actually eliminated more than 32,000 individuals.

More than 90 percent of Gaza’s 2.3 million locals have actually been internally displaced while Israel’s serious limitations on food, water and other help materials have actually pressed the enclave to the edge of scarcity, according to the UN.

Israel has actually eliminated a number of senior leaders of Hamas for many years, just to see them rapidly changed, with little evident influence on the group’s operations.

Al Jazeera’s senior political expert Marwan Bishara stated each time Israel “stated success by assassinating one Hamas leader, lots stepped up to take his location”.

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