Following an Israeli Air Force (IAF) airstrike in Gaza a week ago, security officials have confirmed the death of Deputy Hamas Commander Marwan Issa.

Confirmation of Issa’s death comes after a week of silence and speculation regarding his fate following an IAF airstrike last Monday targeting a location in Nuseirat in central Gaza. At the time of the hit, Israeli officials could not confirm if the high-ranking terrorist leader was neutralized in the attack. Hamas also neither denied nor confirmed the reports of Issa’s death.

According to the report, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency told Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyhau during Friday’s security cabinet meeting that all “signs pointed to success” in the operation. The Hebrew news outlet quotes Netanyahu, hailing the news as “a great achievement for Israel” and saying that “they will all die; we will reach them all.”

Issa served as the deputy of Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Together with his superiors, Mohammed Deif and Yahya Sinwar, the three are believed to have orchestrated the terror group’s Oct. 7 massacre in southern Israel.

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