Senior Hamas commander killed in Gaza raid, IDF denies soldier kidnapped

November 12, 2018 by Ilanit Chernick - TPS
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The IDF launched air strikes in Southern Gaza as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cuts his visit to Paris cancelling a meeting President Macron this morning to return to Israel.

Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS on 10 February, 2018

The dateline:

21: 45 Reports of clashes between IDF and Hamas armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

21:55 IDF confirms air strikes in southern Gaza.

22:00 Palestinian media reporting casualties on both sides.

22:07 Gaza Border communities have been told to stay near bomb shelters.

22:10 IDF confirms that “during an operation in the Gaza Strip, an exchange of fire took place.”

22:15 Zikim road on southern Gaza border has been closed due to a security incident.

22:17 Israel Air Force continuing to bomb targets in Gaza Strip.

22:20 Rocket alert sirens sounding across southern Israel.

22:30 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been made aware of the incident in southern Israel and Gaza.

22:35 IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis says the operation was supposed to end peacefully, but something went wrong.

22:40 Ben-Gurion flight paths have been changed in the wake of events in southern Israel and Gaza Strip.

22:45 More rockets sirens sounding across southern Israel including Ashkelon and Beersheba.

22:46 Residents in southern Israel report hearing explosions as rocket sirens sound.

22:50 IDF confirms that no one has been kidnapped.

22:55 More air strikes reported across Rafah in southern Gaza.

22:57 According to Palestinian reports, an IDF Special Forces Unit clashed with Hamas armed wing in Khan Younes in the Gaza Strip.

22:58 Palestinian media reporting at least six people have been killed in air strikes.

23:00 Palestinian Islamic Jihad calls for full mobilization of all forces in Gaza.

23:05 Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has just completed meetings with the Chief of Staff, the head of Shin Bet and other senior officials on the situation in southern Israel and Gaza border.

23:10 Rocket sirens sounding across Gaza border communities.

23:17 Rocket sirens sounding again in Gaza border communities including Kerem Shalom.

23:25  IDF Homefront Command cancels school on Monday across Gaza border communities.

23:30 Hamas has praised the ongoing response to the “infiltration of Israeli undercover forces in Khan Younis, who killed a senior Hamas military leader.”

23:31 Hamas spokesperson says “the Palestinian resistance is ready to carry out its national duty and make the Zionist Israeli enemy pay for its crime.”

23:42 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has cut short his trip to Paris and will return to Israel tonight. Netanyahu had been scheduled to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron Monday morning.

23:44 Hamas has published photos of what it claims is a civilian vehicle used by IDF special forces during a raid in Khan Younes in the southern Gaza Strip and of weapons it says it captured from the force.

23:58 Air raid sirens sound in Eshkol regional council


One Response to “Senior Hamas commander killed in Gaza raid, IDF denies soldier kidnapped”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    I am surprised that the PM of Israel attended armistice day events in Paris as Israel did not exist during WW1 and therefore was not a combatant. Residents of what is now Israel and Palestine may have served in the Ottoman Empire Army though.

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