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An airstrike launched by Israel on Wednesday has taken out Hamas’ Gaza City commander, dealing a substantial blow to the Palestinian militant group’s leadership.
Bassem Issa is the highest-ranking military figure in Hamas to be killed by Israel since 2014, according to The Associated Press. Hamas confirmed his death in a statement.
The armed wing of Hamas said Issa was killed “along with a few of his fellow brothers of leaders and holy fighters” during the fighting that has been going on for two days in Gaza.
Israel’s internal security agency said a series of airstrikes had killed Issa and several other senior Hamas militants, including the head of rocket development and cyber warfare, the head of rocket production, and the Hamas engineering chief.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Wednesday that Israel will use “an iron fist if needed.”…