Israeli Military Claims It Killed Hamas Official in Syria

Israel has bombed Syria with impunity for years and has significantly escalated attacks on the country since October 7

The Israeli military claimed on Monday that it “eliminated” a Hamas official in southern Syria who was allegedly responsible for rocket attacks on Israel.

The Israeli military named the Hamas official Hassan Akasha and said he was a “central figure” in rocket attacks on Israel. But Israel provided no evidence for the claim, and many elements inside Syria have the motive to attack Israel since the Israeli military has been bombing the country for years with impunity.

“Since the beginning of the war, Akasha directed Hamas terrorist cells which fired rockets from Syria toward Israeli territory,” the Israeli military said in a statement. The statement did not say how Akasha was killed, and so far, there’s been no confirmation of his death from Syria or Hamas.

Before October 7, Israeli warplanes bombed Syria at least 25 times, and the airstrikes have significantly escalated since then. In one airstrike, Israel killed a senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The claim about the killing of a Hamas official in Syria comes amid fears of Israel’s onslaught in Gaza escalating into a major regional war that could draw in the US. Israel seems determined to escalate things as it has been launching attacks across the region, including a drone strike in Beirut last week that killed a senior Hamas official.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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