Daily Israel Report

Report: Israeli Airstrike Targets Home of Hamas Arch-Terrorist

Foreign media outlets report that an Israeli airstrike in Gaza targeted the home of arch-terrorist Mohammed Deif.
By Uzi Baruch and Elad Benari
First Publish: 7/22/2014, 11:40 PM

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Foreign media outlets report that an Israeli airstrike in Gaza on Tuesday targeted the Khan Yunis home of arch-terrorist Mohammed Deif, commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s so-called “military wing”.

According to the reports, two people were killed in the airstrike.

Deif is considered the official who determines the agenda of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and is regarded as the “brain” behind Hamas.

He is likely hiding underground somewhere inside Gaza, fearing the IDF will try to eliminate him.

Deif started out as a student of Yahya Ayyash, who was nicknamed “the Engineer” and who was the chief bombmaker of Hamas in the late 1990s, when the organization started carrying out suicide bombing attacks within Israel. Ayyash was eliminated by Israel in 1996.

Following Ayyash’s elimination, Deif carried out numerous murderous terror attacks in Israel, including two suicide bombing attacks on buses in Jerusalem and kidnapping attempts within Israel.

Israel tried to kill Mohammed Deif several times, without success. One time, he lost an eye and likely his hand as well. In another attempt he was seriously wounded, his hands and legs were amputated and he has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.

Meanwhile, the IDF said that a Golani force discovered two tunnel access shafts in northern Gaza on Tuesday.

So far, members of the brigade have uncovered three shafts of tunnels within Gaza, eliminated over 25 terrorists and seized weapons and intelligence means belonging to Hamas.