Israel says two Hamas officials killed in airstrikes

Two senior Hamas officials have been killed in air strikes in Gaza, the Israeli military says.

Zakaria Abu Muammar and Jawad Abu Shamal, members of the Hamas political bureau, died after a raid in Khan Yunis early this morning, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) say.

An IDF spokesman says Shamal was Hamas economy minister, and was involving in the “funding of terrorism inside and outside the Gaza Strip” as well as leading operations targeting Israeli citizens.

Muammar was the head of Hamas’s international relations office, and was involved in the planning of “numerous terrorist activities”, the IDF alleges.

Hamas has not confirmed the two men’s deaths, and the BBC has not been able to independently verify these the Israeli claims.


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