Jewish Military Kills Ibrahim al-Sakher
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported it had killed another Hamas leader on Monday evening. Ibrahim al-Sakher, who served as the terror group’s head of anti-tank missiles, was murdered in an airstrike. According to the Jewish military, Al-Sakher was the man who ordered the launch of a missile attack in May 2021 that killed the IDF’s Staff Sergeant Omer Tabib.
Moreover, the IDF said Al-Sakher planned and directed several anti-tank missile attacks toward Israel, specifically against Jewish soldiers.
IDF Kills More Hamas Leaders
Over the past few days, the Israel Defense Forces has killed a number of Hamas leaders. On Saturday, the security agency targeted Mahmoud Sabih, who was the head of the militant group’s weapons development department. Earlier last week, the IDF confirmed the killing of Hamas’ security chief Jehad Mheisen.
Meanwhile, the Jewish military has hinted at launching a ground offensive in Gaza soon. However, United States officials are convinced that Israel is not ready to invade Gaza, arguing that IDF lacks achievable objectives for the mission.
Moreover, there have been reports that several Western countries are urging Israel to hold off on invading the Gaza Strip to give room for negotiations regarding the release of hostages.
Hamas and Israel are already in negotiations through Qatar and Egypt for the militant group to free about 50 captives taken away to Gaza on October 7. American news outlet the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Hamas was ready to release some hostages on condition that Israel allows fuel into the Gaza Strip.
However, per the Wall Street Journal article, Israel rejected the terror group’s demand. The Jewish nation said it would only let fuel get into Gaza if all hostages were freed.
On Monday, UNRWA, a United Nations agency in Gaza, said that the fuel in its trucks could only last for three days, making it impossible to distribute aid to Gazans over the coming days. Moreover, the agency said hospitals in Gaza are unable to keep their generators running, which are necessary for powering life-saving equipment.