IDF Kills Hamas Commander in First Targeted Strike in Years

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Members of Palestinian Civil Defense extinguish a fire in the car of a Hamas commander who was killed in an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, Sunday. (Reuters/Ashraf Abu Amrah)

Israel killed a Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in what the IDF described as a targeted strike and Palestinians said was the first such action since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.

The IDF confirmed the killing of a Hamas field commander, saying he was responsible for receiving money for the group from Iran.

The Hamas commander is identified as Hamed Hamdan al-Khodari.

According to the IDF, al-Khodari owned a number of currency exchanges in the Gaza Strip and used them to bring in large amounts of cash for Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror groups.

“Al-Khodari’s financial activities… significantly contributed to advancing terrorist activities and militarily strengthening terror groups in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said.

The IDF says the assassination of al-Khodari is meant to thwart Iran’s efforts to support terror attacks from the Gaza Strip.

Earlier, Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of two terrorists in east Gaza City.

Meanwhile, the Security Cabinet has reportedly instructed the IDF to increase troop presence along the Gaza border and intensify airstrikes.