IDF forces eliminated seven Hamas terrorists, including a leader of the Hamas armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam in southern Gaza. According to Arab reports, another 5 terrorists were wounded.
The IDF confirmed a fire exchange took place, with local reports in Gaza saying that Israeli warplanes fired at the open area near the place of the incident.
Arabs report that IDF Special Forces entered 2 miles into Gaza in a civilian vehicle and assassinated the Hamas leader in the Khan Yunis area. It appears as all the eliminated terrorists are part of the Hamas-armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.
Arab officials said the Hamas terrorists were fired at from a passing car.
The reports said that the force was then exposed. The two sides then began exchanging fire, and Israeli aircraft accompanied the ground forces.
The IDF confirmed that no soldiers were taken hostage during the incident.
Several incoming rocket sirens sounded Sunday evening in Israeli communities near the Gaza border and the central Negev following the security incident.
Gaza border communities’ residents were instructed to remain close to bomb shelters as incoming rocket sirens sounded near the Gaza border and the central Negev.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is visiting in Paris, is receiving live updates and holding consultations on the topic. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is holding consultations at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv.