Terrorists confirmed the death of their top commanders.
The IDF eliminated Hamas commanders, whom it has been seeking for 15 years, cursorinfo.co.il. reports.
The Hamas terrorist group has confirmed the death of several top commanders who were targeted by Israel during the fighting in the Gaza Strip.
The terrorists said that Ahmed Ghandour, the commander of a brigade in northern Gaza, Ayman Siam, the head of the Hamas rocket group, as well as Wael Rajab and Raafat Salman, were killed.
More than a week ago, the IDF said it had targeted Ghandour and Siam, but did not confirm that they had been killed. Thus, IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari did not specify whether senior Hamas officials were killed as a result of airstrikes.
One strike hit a tunnel where several senior Hamas military commanders, including Ahmed Ghandour and Ayman Siam, were hiding, Hagari said.
Another strike targeted a tunnel where senior Hamas politburo members were hiding, including Ravi Mushtaha, Essam al-Dalis and Sameh al-Siraj, the IDF spokesman added.
Hagari said he couldn't go into more detail about the impact, but "it's safe to say that the underground area where they were located was very badly damaged."
“Hamas is trying to cover up the results of the strike,” he said.
Ghandour was the head of the northern brigade of Hamas's military wing and one of the terrorist group's most senior military officials.
Ghandour was a close confidant of Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif and masterminded the kidnapping of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006.
He is believed to have survived several IDF assassination attempts, including in 2002 and 2012, and was designated a global terrorist in 2017 by the US State Department.
He served time in Israeli prisons from 1988 to 1994 and was detained by the Palestinian Authority from 1995 to 2000.
Ayman Siam led the Hamas rocket group. Israel has previously attempted to destroy Siam, including in 2009 and 2014. He also once served as commander of Hamas' artillery forces.