An Israeli airstrike killed Iyad al-Hassani—also spelled Iyad Alhassani—the “most senior” Palestinian Islamic Jihad figure in the Gaza Strip, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, confirmed on Twitter on Friday night in Israel.
Six top members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have been murdered in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip since the most recent round of hostilities started earlier this week. Iyad al-Hassani was killed in a hit outside Gaza City, along with a second man who the military claimed to be his assistant, dealing yet another blow to the terror organization and dimming prospects for a ceasefire.
This marks the sixth Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader targeted and killed since the start of “Operation Shield and Arrow.” “Al-Hassani was appointed two days ago to replace Khalil Bahitini, and now two days later, he is no longer with us,” Hagari wrote in Hebrew.
“We continue as long as necessary to attack those who plan to shoot us, and we are strong in defense,” he added. He noted that the targeting of al-Hassani was a joint IDF and Shin Bet operation and shared video footage of the strike.
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