On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported the successful elimination of several high-ranking Hamas commanders in Gaza linked to the October 7 attack. The military disclosed that Ahmad Musa and Amr Alhandi, both associated with the elite Nukhba forces of the militant group, were among those killed. Musa, serving as a Nukhba company commander, and Alhandi, as a platoon commander, were located in the Jabaliya region, as per IDF statements.
The IDF clarified that the operations were conducted based on intelligence provided by the Shin Bet Security agency. Musa, identified as one of the Hamas commanders leading the assault on the Zikim base, a nearby Kibbutz, and another army post on October 7, was specifically mentioned by the IDF.
Additionally, Muhammed Kahlout, the head of Hamas's sniper unit in the northern Gaza brigade, was reported as killed, though further details were not provided.
Meanwhile, the IDF's 252 battalion reportedly thwarted an attack by killing 19 Hamas terrorists who were planning an assault on the military. Both the IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA) asserted that the Nukhba forces played a role in the October 7 incident in southern Israel.
The Israel military initiated its ground offensive in Gaza on October 27, with forces entering Gaza City this week amidst escalated operations. Since the commencement of the ground assault, the IDF has reported the loss of 34 soldiers in the intense fighting.
(With Agency Inputs)