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IDF Raid in Gaza kills at least six Palestinians including Hamas leader


By Marc Henry - November 12, 2018
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At least six Palestinians including a Hamas commander, as well as an Israeli Special Force soldier, have been killed in Gaza after Israel carried out an undercover raid and airstrikes.

November 11 saw a battle unfold between IDF Special Forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
 
The incident took place about three kilometres inside Gaza, near Khan Younis in the south, only a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he wanted to avoid war.
 
According to Hamas, the incident began when assailants in a passing car opened fire on a group of its armed men. The attack killed one Hamas commander, before the Hamas gunmen chased the car as it sped back towards the border with Israel.
 
According to witnesses, Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles in the area during the pursuit.
 
The senior militant killed was Sheikh Nur Barakeh, a commander of the Izzedine al-Qassam brigades, the Hamas military wing, in Khan Younis.
 
According to Jerusalem Post, in response to Sunday night’s events, Hamas’ military wing said that they foiled a large Zionist plan to surprise the resistance.
 
“The criminal enemy bears full responsibility for the dangerous crime and the results it will incur as the blood of our martyrs will not be in vain,” Hamas stated.
 
“We taught the enemy a lesson and turned his intelligence into a joke in the world, the resistance forced them to flee disappointedly and failed.”
 
Early Monday IDF confirmed that a lieutenant-colonel was killed while another was injured.
 
“During the night (Sunday), special forces of the IDF’s elite unit entered Gaza in an operation. The operation deep behind Gaza lines, had been in the planning for a long time,” Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis of the IDF Spokesperson Unit said.
 
“This mission was an act of heroism that may not be discussed further. The purpose of the mission was not of assassination or capture,” he added.
 
Instead, IDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis explained that the IDF force operating in the Gaza Strip Sunday night was “in a mission to maintain Israeli supremacy.”
 
Following the attack Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed back to Israel from meetings in Paris, after the sudden burst of fighting left in doubt efforts to bring to an end months of relentless violence between Israel and Hamas.
 
Since March 30, over 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during the protests and clashes along the Strip’s border, including a number of people who broke through the fence into Israel. Dozens of fatalities were Hamas members.
 
In the same time span, one Israeli soldier has been killed by a Palestinian sniper.

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