IDF soldiers in Gaza
IDF soldiers in GazaIDF Spokesperson

The Hamas terrorist organization officially announced this morning that Ahmed Ghandour, the commander of Hamas' military wing in northern Gaza, was eliminated by the IDF.

The terrorist organization also stated that the body Ayman Siam, the head of its rocket firing array, had been found and that senior Hamas leaders Wael Rajab and Raafat Salman had also been eliminated.

The IDF had previously stated that it had been targeting Ghandour and Siam, but no confirmation of their elimination had been made.

It is unclear when the Hamas leaders were killed and whether they were killed in airstrikes or by IDF troops on the ground.

Ghandour served as a senior Hamas commander for two decades and was one of the most wanted Hamas leaders.

Last week, soldiers from the Givati Brigade raided the headquarters of Hamas’ Northern Brigade, which is located in the Sheikh Zayed area in the northern Gaza Strip.

Sheikh Zayed is a neighborhood in which many senior operatives of the Hamas terrorist organization live. In this area, there are many Hamas outposts that are used, among other things, by Hamas’ Nukhba forces and are located in the heart of the civilian population.

The soldiers carried out operational activity at the outpost, where they located several tunnel shafts, including a strategic tunnel shaft 50 meters deep and 7 meters wide. A scaled-down model simulating an IDF armored fighting vehicle and a wall simulating the security fence of Gaza were also located in the area. In addition, launch complexes were located that included a lathe for the production of rockets, underground pits intended for launching rockets, as well as many additional weapons.

As part of the activity, the soldiers eliminated dozens of terrorists in the area. At the end of the operation, the soldiers destroyed the outpost.

Furthermore, in another activity in the same area, soldiers of the Givati Brigade identified many weapons in a vehicle that was apparently used by Hamas terrorists during the brutal massacre on October 7th inside a mosque.