According to Arab sources, the IDF has been targeting the Gazan city of Khan Younis, following reports of a gunfight between IDF forces and Gaza terrorists inside the city, on Sunday evening.
Blitz editorial team cheered the death of the Hamas terrorists including Nour el-Deen Baraka and hoped IDF members will soon eliminate Hamas kingpin Ismail Haniyeh. The newspaper held a special prayer session for the members of Israel Defence Force (IDF) and the people of Israel.
According to reporter Or Heller there are at least 6 dead Hamas terrorists and 11 wounded terrorists. Other Arab reports say that Mustafa Muhammad Hussein Abu Udeh and Alaa Muhammad Quidar of Hamas were also killed during the IDF mission.
Editor of the newspaper, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has congratulated the members of IDF on their success in successfully targeting several Hamas terrorists including Nour el-Deen Baraka, the commander of an elite unit of Iz al-Din al-Qassam, the military wing of the mega-terrorist outfit Hamas.
Mr. Choudhury called upon the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to exhibit any mercy to the Hamas terrorists and continue further military offensives until this evil force is completely eliminated. He criticized the Qatari authorities for providing US$ 15 million in cash for the Arab terrorists.
In the same message, he has expressed profound grief and condolence at the death of IDF officer Lt. Col. M.
Lt. Col. M. is survived by a wife and two children.
Lt. Col. M was the most senior soldier killed in Gaza since the 2014 Operation Protective Edge.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman mourned the loss of Lt. Col. M. “The State of Israel lost an accomplished fighter whose contribution to the country’s security will remain secret for many years to come. I send my deepest condolences to the family and swift recovery wishes to the officer who was wounded in the incident,” he said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Paris during the incident, rushed to return to Israel on Monday morning. “I bow my head at the loss of Lt. Col. M., a lauded fighter who was killed during an IDF mission in Gaza. Someday the full scope of his heroism will be revealed. Israel’s citizens owe him so much. Our forces acted tonight courageously. I salute Lt. Col. M., his family, and his comrades-in-arms. May his memory be blessed. ”
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that “An IDF officer, Lt. Col. M., was killed during operational activity in the Gaza strip. A message was delivered to his family. The IDF sends its condolences to the family and will continue accompanying it.”
The IDF said that the uncovered mission is only the tip of the iceberg of activities meant to establish Israeli superiority. “The force acted with bravery and with determination. The purpose of the operation was not to kill or abduct, and lessons will be learned from the incident. IDF forces are highly prepared for a variety of scenarios and our forces have been reinforced,” the military said.
IDF Spokesperson Brig. General Ronen Manelis said the force conducted an elaborated mission facing a complex situation.
“The force heroically acted to remove (security) threats, carrying out a very complex rescue mission, during which the force hurt those threatening it,” Manelis said. “The chief of staff, alongside the head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate and additional commanders personally oversaw this mission.”
Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, and Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman held a situation assessment Monday morning, during which they “discussed the preparations of the IDF and security forces to face future developments (in Gaza). The IDF will bolster its forces in the Southern Command and is prepared to use great power if needed.”