Thursday, 21 August 2014

Israel kills 3 Qassam commanders and at least 3 civilians in Rafah airstrikes

Raed al-Attar

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel killed three of Hamas' most prominent military commanders early Thursday in airstrikes targeting a building in Rafah.

The al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement that Muhammad Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Muhammad Barhoum were killed in the al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah.

Abu Shammala was the general commander of the al-Qassam Brigades in the southern Gaza Strip and Raed al-Attar was the commander of the Rafah district.

The two Hamas officials were on the top of Israel's list of targets, with both men accused of masterminding the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. more

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