The aftermath of an IAF strike in Gaza.
(photo credit: AP)
A senior Hamas member was killed and 8 people were wounded, several in serious condition, when the Israeli Air Force attacked several Hamas-linked targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Friday, Israel Radio reported Saturday morning.
Senior rocket maker and commander of the Hamas military wing in central Gaza, Issa Batran, 40, was killed in the strike, Israel Radio reported Saturday.
According to Palestinian sources, air force aircraft targeted the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood and Ansar security compound in western Gaza City, which served as a training site for Hamas commanders and was used as headquarters for high-rank Palestinian Authority officials in the past, such as Yasser Arafat.
Other targets included sites in Dir al-Balah and Rafiah.
The IDF Spokesperson reported that the IAF hit three targets: a
Hamas-linked terror activity site in the northern part of the Strip, a
weapons-manufacturing warehouse in central Gaza and a weapons-smuggling
tunnel in the south.
The IDF confirmed the attacks were in retaliation for Friday morning's
Grad missile attack in Ashkelon
, for which the Aza Din al-Kassem Gazan
terror group claimed responsibility on Friday.