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Updated Oct 17, 2023, 10:09am EDT
securityMiddle East

Hamas says its top military commander has been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

Ayman Nofal (2nd R), a top Hamas armed commander, is greeted by his relatives upon his arrival to his home in Nusairat in the Central Gaza strip February 5, 2011. A senior Hamas commander returned to the Gaza Strip on Saturday after breaking out of a Cairo jail during the political upheaval in Egypt, sources in the Palestinian Islamist movement said. They said Ayman Nofal had been arrested in the Egyptian Sinai in early 2008. According to Egyptian media, he had been armed and was suspected of hunting members of the rival Palestinian faction Fatah who had fled from neighbouring Gaza. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Hamas said Tuesday that one of its top military commanders, Ayman Nofal, was killed in an Israeli airstrike at the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza, the Associated Press reported.

Nofal was a member of Hamas’s General Military Council and led its military activities in central Gaza.

Israeli authorities have not yet confirmed the airstrike and Nofal’s death.

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