Israel says killed Hamas’ North Khan Yunis Battalion military commander

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The IDF and the Shin Bet killed the commander of Hamas' northern Khan Yunis battalion, who carried out attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians, the Israeli army said on Wednesday.

Israeli soldiers, based on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli Security Agency (ISA) intelligence, killed the Commander of the North Khan Yunis Battalion of Hamas, Taysir Mubasher, the IDF said in a statement.

The IDF said Mubasher had previously served as the Commander of Hamas' naval forces and held several positions in weapons manufacturing. “Mubasher has extensive experience in the military and as a commander, directing terror attacks, and he is a relative to senior Hamas operatives, including Mohammed Deif, the supreme commander of the military wing of Hamas,” according to the IDF.

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“Mubasher was responsible for numerous terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers throughout the years including the terror attack in ‘Atzmona’ Mechina, in which five of the Mechina students were killed and several more were injured,” the statement added.

The IDF stated: “Intelligence shows that Mubasher manufactured the explosive devices used to explode a tunnel under an IDF post in Gush Katif in 2004, which killed an IDF soldier and injured several more. In addition, Mubasher directed the terror attack in the Vered Post in 2003, and was involved in the infiltration into Zikim beaches during Operation ‘Protective Edge’.”

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