The Israeli Defence Forces claimed that two senior Hamas officers were killed in Sunday’s Rafah attack. The Israeli airstrikes came hours after Hamas militants fired a barrage of rockets into the Jewish country.

IDF stated that it eliminated Hamas Chief of Staff in Judea and Samaria and an additional senior Hamas official in the precise airstrike in northwest Rafah. They were identified as Yassin Rabia and Khaled Nagar. At least 35 people were killed during the missile strike, according to Palestinian health workers.

Who was Yassin Rabia?

According to the IDF, Yassin Rabia managed all the operations of Hamas in Judea and Samaria. He allegedly transferred funds to terrorist targets and planned Hamas terrorist attacks throughout Judea and Samaria. The Israeli military also claimed that he carried out numerous attacks targeting IDF soldiers.   

Another Hamas militant killed in the airstrike was Khaled Nagar, a senior official operating from the Judea and Samaria headquarters of the militant group. IDF claimed that Nagar directed shooting attacks and other terrorist activities in Judea and Samaria besides transferring funds intended for Hamas operations in Gaza. He was also allegedly responsible for several deadly attacks that killed Israeli soldiers.

Israel claimed that its airstrike was carried out as per international law, aimed at legitimate targets based on precise intelligence.

IDF said that it is aware of reports that several civilians were ‘harmed’ in the area and that it is reviewing these claims.

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