IDF Bombs Hamas “Operational Apartments” in Gaza

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Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

The IDF said early Thursday evening that its planes have struck four “operational apartments” of Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip.

Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

While the extent of casualties was not yet clear, the military did disclose that one of the targets was Samer Abu Daka, the head of Hamas drone operations, which launched armed UAVs into Israel earlier today.

The military says his apartment was used for military purposes. It also noted that the same apartment was targeted in the 2014 conflict.

“Operational apartments” of the deputy commander of Hamas’s Jabalia regiment in the northern Strip, as well as three company commanders in northern and central Gaza, were also bombed, the military said.

The Israeli military published the following list of Hamas operatives killed during the course of air strikes on Thursday:

Thafer Shu, Desk Head at the Research, Development and Manufacturing Project

Mahmoud Fares, Head of the Mechanics Desk at the Research, Development and Manufacturing Project

Majhad Hadidi, Control Engineer at the Research, Development and Manufacturing Project

Akram Al’ata, assistant to Bassem Issa, a senior Hamas official.

Hassan Aki, operative in a Hamas special unit

Kamal Qu’arika, operative in a Hamas special unit

In addition, IDF fighter jets struck a main military missile manufacturing site belonging to Hamas and a military post belonging to the Hamas naval force, both sites located in the center of the Gaza Strip. Numerous other military targets were also hit.

As of Thursday night, the army said that approximately 1750 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory, of which approximately 300 failed launches fell in the Strip.

The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted hundreds of those rockets.


Updated Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:46 pm .