Hamas says one of top commanders killed in Israel strike

AFP , Tuesday 17 Oct 2023

Palestinian militant group Hamas said Tuesday one of the top leaders of its armed wing was killed in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip.

Ayman Nofel
Ayman Nofel, a prominent member of Hamas military wing al-Qassam, waves to supporters on his return to the Gaza Strip. AFP


"Ayman Nofal, 'Abu Ahmad', a member of the general military council and commander of the central command in Al-Qassam Brigades, was killed" in an Israeli strike on the central Gaza Strip, Hamas said in a statement, referring to its military wing.

The Israeli military did not immediately confirm the killing when contacted by AFP.

More than 1,400 people have been killed in Israel and more than 2,700 in Gaza, according to officials on both sides.

Israel has evacuated many of its border communities during the ongoing hostilities, while Gaza's 2.4 million residents are still in the Palestinian territory.

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