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Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander ‘behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians’

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The Israeli military says it killed Hussam Abu Harbid, Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander for the north part of Gaza. Israel Securities Authority and Israel Defense Forces sent fighter jets to Abu Harbid’s location on Monday a little after 1 PM Israel Daylight Time.

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According to a statement from IDF, this was a big step in stopping the “terrorist attacks.” “The ISA and IDF fighter jets thwarted Hasam Abu Harbid, Commander of the Northern Division of the Islamic Jihad,” the statement read. “Abu Harbid was a commander in the organization for over 15 years, and was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians, including the attack from the first day of the Operation, in which a civilian was injured. Additionally, he has consistently led rocket launches against Israel, as well as shooting attacks at IDF soldiers.”

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Yet the Israeli military sees Monday’s targeted attack on Abu Harbid as a success. “He won’t be committing any more terrorist attacks,” IDF tweeted. Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists have been firing thousands of rockets at civilians in Israel and the attacks haven’t stopped in over a week.

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VP Kamala Harris publicly mourns Palestinians killed in hostage rescue operation

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Vice President Kamala Harris mourned the Palestinians in Gaza who were killed in the successful Israeli hostage rescue operation this weekend during an address delivered over the weekend.

Israeli forces say Hamas intentionally kept the hostages in a “civilian environment.” They also said even the Palestinians who were holding the hostages were also “civilians.”

Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari of the IDF said Hamas has been holding hostages inside civilian buildings, including the locations where Israeli forces rescued Noa Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 22, Shlomi Ziv, 41, and Andrey Kozlov, 27.

“Before I begin, I just say a few words about the morning which I know weighs heavily on all of our hearts,” she said.

“On Oct. 7, Hamas committed a brutal massacre of 1,200 innocent people and abducted 250 hostages,” she continued. “Thankfully, four of those hostages were reunited with their families tonight. And we mourn all of the innocent lives that have been lost in Gaza, including those tragically killed today.”

The Israeli operation retrieved four hostages who were taken into Gaza by Hamas on Oct. 7. Harris, speaking before the Michigan Democratic Party, celebrated their retrieval but spent more time lamenting the deaths of Palestinians killed in the operation, many of whom Israel has described as terrorists.

“We have been working every day to bring an end to this conflict in a way that ensures Israel is secure, brings home all hostages, ends ongoing suffering for Palestinian people and ensures that Palestinians can enjoy their right to self-determination, dignity and freedom,” Harris added. “As President Biden said last week, it is time for this war to end.”

Fox News reports that Hamas-run authorities in Gaza claim over 270 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli operation, though they make no distinction between militants and innocents. Israeli forces claim the number was fewer than 100.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan also confirmed reports on Sunday that some number of innocents appeared to have been killed in the operation.

“We the United States are not in a position today to make a definitive statement about [the death toll],” Sullivan said in a Sunday interview with CNN. “But we do know this: innocent people were tragically killed in this operation. The exact number we don’t know, but innocent people were killed.”

“Every day that we see more innocent people lost is another horrible, awful, tragic day,” he added.

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