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Smoke and fire rises following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip (file)

The IDF and Shin Bet announced Saturday night that the forces eliminated the commander and deputy commander of the Hamas Nuseirat Battalion in an airstrike. The two terrorists led the October 7, 2023 massacre in Kibbutz Be’eri.


Ismail Siraj, the commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion, as well as Ahmed Wehbe, his deputy commander, were eliminated during an IAF strike in an operation led by the Southern Command and with the direction of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate and the Shin Bet late Friday night.

Siraj, the Commander of Hamas’ Nuseirat Battalion, previously served as a Company Commander of Hamas’ Nukhba Unit and as a rocket manufacturing operative.

Hamas battalion commander Ismail Siraj, eliminated by Israeli forces in Gaza.

Siraj’s Deputy Commander, Ahmed Wehbe, assumed the position after the IDF and Shin bet killed the battalion’s previous Deputy Commander, Abd Al-Rahman Abed during the first weeks of the war. Wehbe held various positions, both in the field and on Hamas’ staff, including with the terrorist organization’s training program. He was also responsible for the planning and carrying out of terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip against Israel.

Ahmed Wehbe, Hamas battalion deputy commander, eliminated by Israeli forces in Gaza.

During the terror organization’s murderous invasion and massacre on October 7th, the Nuseirat Battalion was responsible for the terror attacks on Israeli communities in southern Israel, including Kibbutz Be’eri. The battalion’s operatives have since been involved in anti-tank missile and UAV (drone) fire targeting IDF troops during the war.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.