Israel: Jabari killing just the start

2012-11-14 17:43
Car in which Ahmed Jabari was assassinated (Adel Hana, AP)

Car in which Ahmed Jabari was assassinated (Adel Hana, AP)

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Jerusalem - The Israeli military says its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants.

Wednesday's airstrike in Gaza killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing. The killing was a dramatic resumption of Israel's policy of assassinating Palestinian militant leaders.

Military spokesperson Avital Leibovitch said the attack is the "start of a broader operation."

Jabari is the most senior Hamas official to be killed since an Israeli invasion of Gaza four years ago.

Jabari has long topped Israel's most-wanted list. Israel blames him for a string of attacks, including the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in 2006.

Leibovitch said Israel's military chief authorized an operation to target Gaza militants.

Read more on:    gaza strip  |  israel  |  middle east peace
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