IDF Kills Mahmoud Sabih
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has reported that it eliminated Hamas senior engineer and head of the weapons development department, Mahmoud Sabih, in an airstrike executed on Friday. According to IDF, Sabih’s department was tasked with developing new weapons for Hamas and partnering with other terror groups in the Middle East to share information regarding the production of UAVs.
Before Sabih, the Israel Defense Forces targeted and killed another Hamas leader, Jehad Mheisen, who had been serving as the Militant group’s Head of Security. The Jewish soldiers said they murdered Mheisen at his house on Thursday. On the previous day, the IDF killed Jamila al-Shanti, the woman reported to be the wife of Hamas co-founder Abel al-Rantisi.
“Hamas Launched Rockets on Friday Night,” Israel Defense Minister Reports
In response to the attack on their official, the Hamas fighters are said to have launched several rockets in southern Israel on Friday evening. According to Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who visited an IDF camp near the Israel-Gaza border last night, the rockets hit a number of homes and cars, but no human injuries were reported.
Thousands of IDF soldiers are gathered at the border as they prepare to invade Gaza in an effort to remove Hamas terrorists from power. Since last weekend, Israel has asked everyone living in the north of Gaza to evacuate, as the area is set to be the battlefield.
Meanwhile, two Americans, Natalie Raanan and Judith Raanan, taken hostage on October 7, were released by Hamas on Friday. The militant group said their release was a result of the US humanitarian considerations for Gazans.
Humanitarian Aid Set to Reach Gazans At Last
Moreover, Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, visited the Egypt-Gaza border in Rafah to oversee delivery preparations for humanitarian aid to Gaza. Guterres described the aid trucks entering Gaza as a “lifeline” needed to reach Palestinians as soon as possible.
In a statement, United States President Joe Biden said on Friday that the Rafah crossing would be opened over the weekend, and 20 aid trucks would be given access to Gaza. Since Israel and Egypt announced their agreement to open Rafah, several planes have brought humanitarian aid to the border crossing, but none has reached Gaza.