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Hamas Officially Acknowledges Death of Northern Brigade Commander and Three Other Leaders


Hamas Officially Acknowledges Death of Northern Brigade Commander and Three Other Leaders

Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, confirmed on Sunday that Ahmed Al-Ghandour, the commander of its northern brigade, along with three other senior leaders, was killed during Israel’s offensive against the Islamist movement. The statement did not specify the timing of their deaths but pledged to continue their path, considering their blood a symbol for the mujahedeen and a challenge to the occupiers.

Ahmed Al-Ghandour, also known as Abu Anas, was designated as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the US in 2017. The US State Department described him as a former member of Hamas’ Shura council and a member of its political bureau, citing his involvement in numerous terrorist operations, including the 2006 attack on an Israeli military outpost at the Kerem Shalom border crossing.

The Kerem Shalom attack resulted in the death of two Israeli soldiers and the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held by Hamas for five years until his release in 2011 in exchange for the freedom of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

This confirmation comes amid a four-day pause in fighting in Gaza, which began on October 7. During this pause, Hamas has released 26 Israeli hostages, and 78 Palestinian prisoners were freed from Israeli detention in exchange. The ongoing conflict has resulted in significant casualties on both sides, with the situation remaining tense.


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