Ali Qadi, an elite commander of Hamas terrorist group, has been eliminated by Israeli airstrike.
Israeli military authorities said that Qadi led a unit of commando forces that killed civilians in last week’s attack on southern Israel.
“Aircraft killed Ali Qadi, a company commander of the Hamas ‘Nukhba’ (elite) commando force,” a statement by the Israeli army said on Saturday without specifying the location or timing of the strike.
Though, a Hamas official told AFP the Palestinian group had “no comment” concerning the Israeli claim.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed Qadi, 37, was a unit commander in the elite Hamas force.
Both the Palestinian official and the Israeli military statement said Qadi was one of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners released by Israel in 2011 in exchange for a soldier, Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas in 2006.
Qadi was arrested by Israel in 2005 over the kidnapping and murder of an Israeli man who media reports at the time identified as a broker for the Shin Bet internal security agency.
Hamas fighters who broke through the militarised security barrier around the besieged Gaza on October 7 caused the death of over 1,300 individuals in southern Israel.
Subsequently, Israel responded with a bombardment, killing at least 2,215 people in Gaza.