Israel’s military killed Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari while carrying out several air strikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) uploaded footage to YouTube showing the exact airstrike that obliterated the vehicle carrying Jabari. IDF released a statement saying that Jabari “was assassinated today (Wednesday) by the IDF as a part of a large-scale operation titled Pillar of Defense, aimed at eliminating the terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip.”
Jabari, IDF said, had conducted numerous attacks against Israel over the years, including the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit was held captive by Hamas for five years before his release in 2011. Jabari, along with associate Mohammed Deif, was also likely a leader in the Hamas takeover of Gaza that wrested control away from Fatah in 2007.
The IDF reported that Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 17 rockets that were fired from Gaza on Wednesday.
Jabari’s death triggered a number of protests in Gaza, with members of Hamas and related organizations issuing calls for revenge against the Israeli government, reported Al-Jazeera.
“We will respond [to the assassination], this I have to say clearly,” Hamas representative Osama Hamdan told the network.
Hamdan told Al-Jazeera, “The Israelis are working to target the local leaders and political leaders in Gaza. We are expecting acts and reactions from the Palestinians.”
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