Hamas confirms northern brigade commander, 3 other leaders dead

AFP , Ahram Online , AP , Sunday 26 Nov 2023

The Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, announced on Sunday the death of the commander of its northern brigade, Ahmed Al-Ghandour, and three other senior leaders during Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel.

Ahmed Al-Ghandour
File photo: Ahmed Al-Ghandour, the commander of Hamas northern brigade, was killed in strikes.


In a statement, the Al-Qassam Brigades mourned its four leaders, saying Ghandour was a member of its military council.

They also named three other leaders who had died: Ayman Siyyam, the head of the brigades' rocket-firing units, Wael Rajab, and Raafat Salman.

"We pledge to Allah we will continue their path and that their blood will be a light for the mujahedeen and a fire for the occupiers," the statement said, without saying when they were killed.

Al-Ghandour had survived at least three Israeli assassination attempts, going back to 2002, according to the Counter Extremism Project, an Israeli group based in Washington, cited by the AP.

The US State Department described Al-Ghandour as a former member of Hamas' shura council and member of its political bureau.

On Saturday, Hamas announced the death of its leader, Ahmed Bahr, the former acting head of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

The movement indicated that his death came after he was injured in an Israeli airstrike. Israeli media reported that Bahr was killed in an airstrike last week.

The announcement came on the third day of a four-day pause in fighting in Gaza.

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