Early Wednesday, Israeli airstrikes killed at least six people in Gaza and destroyed the home of an extended family. Despite mounting international pressure for a cease-fire, the military said it had increased its strikes on militant targets in the south of the Palestinian territory to counter Hamas’ rocket fire.
Israel has named the Hamas military chief Mohammed Deif as one of its top targets, said a BBC report. It quoted a spokesman for the army, Brig Gen Hidai Zilberman as saying earlier: “Throughout the operation we have tried to assassinate Mohammed Deif. We’ve tried to kill him several times.”
Deif is the head of Hamas’ military arm, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and has been on Israel’s “most wanted” list for years. He is believed to have narrowly survived Israeli army attempts to kill him on many occasions, including during the most recent major conflict in 2014, when his wife and one of his children were killed, according to the study.