The home of Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas’ political wing in Gaza, was hit by Israeli airstrikes on Sunday, the army said but did not specify if he was killed.
“Among the targets struck are the homes of Yahya Sinwar, Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau in Gaza, and his brother, Muhammad Sinwar, Head of Hamas Logistics and Manpower,” Israel’s army said in a statement, displaying plumes of smoke and extensive damage.
“The Hamas terror organization used both residences as military infrastructure.”
Witnesses told AFP that a strike struck Sinwar’s home. Sinwar, a former leader of Hamas’ military wing, was imprisoned in Israel for more than two decades before being released in 2011 as part of a prisoner swap.
He was first elected as the de facto leader of Hamas’ political wing in Gaza in 2017, and he was re-elected in March, expanding his reign as the Islamist movement’s de facto leader in the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian territory. Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ overall chief, is currently based in Qatar. The army also claimed to have carried out attacks on Hamas tunnel networks.
Israel’s army reported that Palestinian rebels in Gaza had fired 2,900 rockets at Israel as of 7:00 a.m. (0400 GMT) Sunday. According to the army, 450 rockets were shot down inside Gaza, while Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system intercepted 1,150 rockets.