Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hamas Leaders Taken Out

Nadene Goldfoot                                             
Hamas broke the 11th cease fire at 4:00pm on August 19, 2014 instead of waiting for the midnight time August 19-20.  They couldn't wait to bombard Israel with their long distance missiles that hit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Beer Sheva and other sites.  Over 200 rockets rained down on Israel in a short time.

Instead of hitting civilians, Israel decided to try to take out the leaders of Hamas' military wing.  They tried for the top Hamas commander, Mohammed Dief but got his wife and son instead.  The overnight strike done by Shin Bet and IDF  on 3 others were successful.
                                                                           
                                          Hamas on the move

1. Israel killed Raed al-Attar, 40, Rafah Division commander:  involved in the planning and commanded the operation to kidnap IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, most senior commander in al-Qassam Brigades; Hamas Division commander in southern Gaza, one of architects of the terror tunnel project in the south of the Strip; also aided other Hamas divisions with tunneling.  One of the founders of Hamas' elite Nukhba unit and was in charge of arms smuggling from the Sinai Peninsula; one of the closest people to Hamas' 2nd in command Ahmed Jabari, whose assassination by the IDF and Shin Bet in November 2012 served as the opening shot for Operation Pillar Defense; In charge of launching many Hamas terror cells who committed terror attacks in Sinai against Egyptian targets.  He was considered a natural replacement for Mohammad Deif as the head of Hamas' armed wing.

2. Mohammed  Abu Shmallah, 41, Southern Division commander: also involved in the planning of the operation of kidnapping Gilad Shalit; most senior commander in al-Qassam Brigades; was in charge of the Rafah and Khan Younis area.  He had survived previous assassination attempts.

3. Mohammed Barhoum, Rafah Division senior commander.  This death is not yet confirmed by Shin Bet.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigade reported that the 3 were killed 2:30am when a house was bombed in the Tel al-Sultan refugee camp west of Rafah in  southern Gaza.  7 other people were also killed and 25 others were wounded in the attack.

Resource: Video Facts
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