Israeli Airstrike Kills Major Hamas Leaders

Israel reportedly killed two leaders of the terrorist group Hamas this weekend in an attack that also allegedly killed a number of civilians. The move could increase tensions in the region as Israel looks to eliminate the last major Hamas stronghold of Rafah.

The airstrike in Rafah killed Yassin Rabia, the leader of Hamas’s Terror Operations in the West Bank and Khaled Naga who was involved in the group’s operations in the West Bank.

The strike reportedly eliminated the two Hamas targets but may have also killed about two dozen civilians.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the strike and said that it attacked a site where “significant Hamas terrorists were operating.”

The Israeli military said that its Sunday attack was conducted “against legitimate targets under international law.”

The airstrike came after Hamas launched rocket attacks into Israel. The attacks represented a shift in Hamas’ tactics. After launching barrages of missiles early in the war, Hamas has been less able to launch the projectiles at Israel.

Since the Hamas terrorist attack last Oct. 7 which killed about 1,200 civilians, Israel has taken control of much of the Gaza Strip. Hamas has lost thousands of fighters during the current war and still holds the city of Rafah.

The southern Gaza city has become the lightning rod of the war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to take the city in an effort to finish off Hamas. However, the Biden administration opposes the effort, with President Joe Biden calling it a “red line.”

Netanyahu dismissed the potential threat from the White House.

The president also threatened to withhold arms shipments to Israel if it proceeds with an operation in Rafah. The threats came after it was revealed that the administration held munitions shipments authorized by Congress.

The effort by Israel has seen some progress. The IDF captured much of the area around the city, including a crucial border crossing with Egypt. However, it has not started the main thrust of the attack into the city.