Israel Defense Forces confirms killing of two top Hamas commanders

The Israel Army on Saturday confirmed (October 14, 2023) that two top Hamas commanders, who were involved in the group's cross-border attack last week, have been killed.

IDF confirms the killing of two top Hamas commanders. Photo Courtesy: IDF X page

The Israel Defense Forces identified the two slain commanders of the group as Merad Abu Merad and Ali Qadi.

IDF posted on X: "Ali Qadi led the inhumane, barbaric October 7 massacre of civilians in Israel."

"We just eliminated him. All Hamas terrorists will meet the same fate," read the X post.

According to the IDF, the 37-year-old was one of among the 1,000 Palestinian prisoners released in 2011 in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who was captured by Hamas, reported BBC.

Qadi was arrested in 2005 for the kidnap and murder of an Israeli man who was reported to have worked for the Shin Bet internal security agency.

Since this round of attacks between Hamas and Israel began on Saturday (October 7, 2023), Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes against targets in the Gaza Strip.

So far, more than 1,500 Palestinians and more than 1,300 Israelis have been killed, Xinhua reported.