Ahmed Jabari, head of' military wing, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip Wednesday afternoon.
The body is torn into pieces and he was hard to identify.
One of Hamas' leaders confirmed to me that Jabari was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. I am still on the scene of the incident and will continue to provide further details as they become available.
Following the news, the Israeli army announced the start of an operation against armed groups in Gaza. The bombing came after several missiles were fired at southern Israel, probably from the Palestinian territory or from Sinai.
Israel's intelligence service confirmed it had carried out the attack, saying it had killed Jabari because of his "decade-long terrorist activity."
"The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure," Israeli military sources said.
Jabari appeared in public Oct. 18, 2011, during the handover of the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to Egyptian mediators. He joined Hamas after his detention by Israel following his arrest in 1982 for planning operations against Israel. Officially Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, is led by Mohammad Deif. Jabari was known in Gaza as the "General" or "Chief of Staff."
There is very heavy fire in the streets of Gaza to protest the killing of al-Jabari. Hamas has threatened that they will launch missiles at Tel Aviv tonight. I think the war has began between Gaza and Israel.
Israel killed another two leaders of Hamas, one of them is the deputy of Jabari, Raed al-Attar.
On the other hand, four rockets have been launched from Sinai Peninsula, falling in open areas in "Eshkol" southern Israel, causing no injuries. More than 30 rockets from Gaza strip were launched on Israel now.
“Israel has opened the gates of hell on itself," Hamas' armed wing said after the targeted killing of Jabari.
An Israeli army spokesman declared that 20 important sites in Gaza Strip had been beaten, adding that the Prime Minister of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, is on the list of names to be assassinated.
So far Israel has killed nine Palestinians, including an 8-year-old girl and three women.
Israel has declared a state of emergency as the Palestinian resistance fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel.
Israel is targeting residential areas in northern Gaza Strip. Moreover, the Israeli army is firing tank shells at the eastern regions. At the same time, the Israeli Navy is shooting on targets that are sill unknown.
Hamas spokesman confirms that the response would be painful for Israel and asserts that many of the suicide bombers are ready to blow up, inside Israel. Al Aqsa TV stated that Hamas told the Israelis to prepare their graves.
Israeli news site Ynet said Israeli troops were being moved to the south ahead of a possible ground offensive in Gaza following Hamas threats to bomb sensitive targets in Israel.
Israeli raids targeted a house of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar, alongside the house of a leader in Fateh movement, Rasheed Abu Shbak. 1 killed and more than 20 injured, most of them are in serious condition. The bombardment on Gaza is still continuing by F16 warplanes.
Israeli F16 fighter-jets fired missiles at residents’ homes in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, no injuries were reported so far.
Egypt's foreign ministry, Mohamed Kamel Amr, condemned on Wednesday a series of Israeli strikes that killed a Hamas top military commander in the Gaza Strip and called called on Israel to stop its strikes on Gaza Strip immediately.
Meanwhile, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi summoned Israel's ambassador in Cairo in protest over the Israeli strike in Gaza, said a presidential spokesman.
Moreover, MENA news said that Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Israel in reaction to the ongoing hostilities.
Israeli army admits that, despite the presence of Iron Dome, but the Palestinian resistance fired dozens of rockets and targeted Beersheba leading to many injuries. An official at the internal front said that a rocket landed on a commercial complex in the city.
The official said that, all the settlers should stay in the shelters.
Israeli army spokesman said that, ninety Grd and Katyusha rockets were fired on Israel. One of them landed in Dimona (where the Israeli nuclear plant is located). It lies more than 50 miles far from Gaza, this led to killing of one Israeli and several injuries.
From, over 120 rockets fired from Gaza to Beersheba, DImona, Negev, Sderot and Ashkelon, the Iron Dome (which was supported by U.S with $ 300 million), was able to intercept 17 rockets ONLY. The Israeli army mentioned that, "the Palestinian resistance is firing rockets, despite the presence of drones in the sky, this makes the idea of entering gaza on ground, as if entering to hell !".
According to Egypt's TV, the Arab League will hold an emergency meeting of foreign ministers on Saturday to respond to Israeli airstrikes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli media confirmed the death of 3 Israeli settlers in Beersheba by Palestinian resistance missiles which reached to over 140 rockets so far.
Israel admits Hamas being able to hit Tel Aviv with 3 rockets "Faj", for the first time !!! causing many injuries among Israelis. Hamas threatens Israel with more rockets to be fired.
Israeli Channel Ten: Grad rocket hit near the Israeli Internal Security Minister,Avi Dichter in Ashdod city. Moreover, the Palestinian resistance shells Sderot with 20 Grad rocket.
Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Wednesday during a televised press conference: Today, we sent a clear message to Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and if it becomes necessary, we are ready to expand the operation.
France said that UN Security Council will hold a closed emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip, adding that Israeli and Palestinian envoys would speak at the meeting, Reuters news reported.