Hamas and Israel ‘s intelligence services (Shin Bet) have confirmed that three of the six dead in Gaza early this morning are high commanders of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamist organization. It is Raed al- Attar, Mohammed and Mohammed Abu Shamala Barhoum. The first two are regarded as the principal leaders of the militia in the southern Gaza Strip. In fact, the Israeli bombing has destroyed his life has taken place in Rafah, the border city with Egypt. The armed group has vowed revenge for the murder of the three leaders. “Israel will pay a hefty price [ for this action] for the crimes perpetrated on the Palestinian people. Such actions only serve to strengthen our resolve to continue fighting,” stressed in a statement.
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quotes Shin Bet to claim that Samala was the commander of more weight. Apparently, he had participated in several attacks against Israeli interests, including an operation is included in the Kerem Shalom crossing on the border, in 2006 Two soldiers were killed and a third, Gilad Shalit, was captured. He spent five years in the hands of Hamas, until he was released in exchange for the release of a thousand prisoners in the fall of 2011 There are several photos that appear next to the Israeli military, minutes before his departure from the band.
Additionally, the unit headed by al- Attar was responsible for the death in combat of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin at the beginning of this Operating Margin Protector. His body was never found after the attack on the screened in traveling and in which his six companions were burned. Israel believes Islamists still have their remains. The three members were behind Hamas insists Israel, the death of ” several” more troops along this offensive, military sources indicated.
In the new phase of violence resumed from Monday night when he finished the truce that held the parties to negotiate a political solution to the conflict in Cairo, Israel is implementing a new strategy, hitting Hamas leaders and not just to their infrastructure or their arsenals. Hamas claims that it has even hit the house of Mohammed Deif, the top commander of its armed wing. Insists that its leader is still alive, although not clear in what state, although the shelling his wife, his son and three neighbors were killed.
At this time, despite the threat of Hamas to attack the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv from six in the morning (five in Spain), is absolute calm in the area. They have not sounded the alarms rather than closer to the Gaza border area. Rockets have not arrived ten tonight, while Israel has attacked twenty targets in Gaza, which left at least three dead (other than members of Hamas) and about 30 injured, five of them seriously, sources indicate medical Strip.
Israeli media published this morning, also a prominent religious leader of Hamas, Sheikh Saleh al Arouri quoted as saying at a conference in Istanbul that his organization was behind the kidnapping and murder of three young Jews, captured June 12 in West Bank. It would be the first time that the Islamists recognize his own, that Israel has denounced from the outset, but has not shown evidence in public. The escalation in the Gaza regarding this case and crime in revenge of a Palestinian child in East Jerusalem by Jewish ultranationalists, is at the root of the current attacks on Gaza.