Israel Targets and Kills Senior Hamas Operative Yehia Bia in Gaza
Israel killed the head of Hamas rocket-launching unit Yehiya Bia in Gaza today.
The IDF flattened his home.
Palestinians search for victims under the rubble of the destroyed house of a Hamas official after an Israeli air strike in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip November 17, 2012. (Reuters)
The Australian reported:
THE Israeli army says it has killed a senior Hamas operative in Gaza who was responsible for the movement’s rocket operations.
An army spokesman identified the Palestinian as Yehia Bia, who was killed in one of the northern neighbourhoods of Gaza City that experienced the brunt of Israeli attacks on Sunday.
“We can confirm a direct hit,” the army spokesman said by telephone.
Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said Bia was “the commander of the (Hamas) rocket units” whom the Israeli forces had “intercepted and killed”.
The Israeli army said that 544 rockets had struck various parts of Israel since hostilities between the two sides intensified on Wednesday with the killing of the Hamas movement’s military leader in Gaza.