‘Thousands of leaders and soldiers will follow’
By WND News Services
Published May 12, 2021 at 2:02pm
Israel’s military conducted dozens of targeted airstrikes in the Palestinian Gaza Strip overnight killing Hamas soldiers and a top commander as hostilities between the two sides intensified, the New York Times reported.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targeted and killed leaders of the Qassam Brigades, which is Hamas’ military division, throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, according the Times. The IDF reported that it assassinated a total of 16 militants on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Hamas’ brigade commander for Gaza City was among those that were killed, Israel said, according to Reuters. Hamas confirmed the commander’s death and said “thousands of leaders and soldiers will follow” in his footsteps.
Israel Defense Minister Benny Gantz hinted that military actions would continue for some time on Wednesday, according to the Times. The IDF “will continue to strike and will bring complete quiet for the long term,” Gantz said.