The radical Palestinian movement Hamas announced today that one of its top commanders, Ahmad Ghandur, was killed during fighting with Israel. However, it did not provide details – such as when and where he died.
According to the AP, he is the highest-ranking member of the group known to have been killed in the war sparked by Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel. The movement confirmed the deaths during a four-day truce with Israel that began on Friday. It includes an agreement to release 50 Israeli hostages and 150 imprisoned Palestinians.
The Times of Israel (Tol) reported today that Hamas confirmed the deaths of four commanders during earlier fighting on the Telegram social network. Israeli forces previously said they targeted Ghandour on November 17, but did not say if they killed him.
Ghandúr was a high-ranking member of the group’s armed wing and the top commander of Hamas in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. He has survived at least three Israeli assassination attempts since 2002, according to the Washington-based nonprofit Counter Extremism Project.
The October 7 attack by Hamas on southern Israel killed 1,200 people and drove another 240 or so into the Gaza Strip. According to the local authorities, the Israeli retaliation claimed around 15,000 lives in the Gaza Strip, where 2.3 million Palestinians live in an area smaller than Prague, including several thousand children.