Aftermath of an IDF strike in Gaza
Aftermath of an IDF strike in GazaMajdi Fathi/TPS

One of Hamas political bureau chairman Ismail Haniyeh's sons who was eliminated in an Israeli airstrike on a vehicle on Wednesday in the Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza was involved in holding Israeli hostages.

The IDF updated that the strike was not approved by Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi nor by Southern Command commanding officer Yaron Finkleman since the strike was in "real-time" against terrorists who were on their way to commit an act of terror.

The strike was approved by a colonel in the Southern Command Fire Center.

In addition, the IDF explained that the political echelon was indeed not notified ahead of time about the elimination since it followed breaking intelligence, in which case, according to the general staff protocol, a strike is executed without the approval of the political echelon.

The IDF confirmed on Wednesday that IAF aircraft, directed by IDF and ISA intelligence, struck three Hamas military operatives that conducted terrorist activity in the central Gaza Strip.

The three operatives that were struck are Amir Haniyeh, a cell commander in the Hamas military wing, Mohammad Haniyeh, a military operative in the Hamas terrorist organization, and Hazem Haniyeh, also a military operative in the Hamas terror organization, the sons of Ismail Haniyeh, chairman of Hamas's political bureau.

The IDF could not confirm that Haniyeh's grandchildren were also killed in the strike.

Haniyeh reacted to the deaths, telling Al Jazeera that they died "on the way to the liberation of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque" and that he was thankful "for the honor that my children and grandchildren are martyrs."