The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced today that Billal al-Qedra, a commander in Hamas’s elite Nukhba unit, has been killed in an airstrike. Al-Qedra, who led the Nukhba unit’s southern Khan Younis battalion, was notably responsible for recent attacks on the southern communities of Nirim and Nir Oz.
These attacks, which took place last weekend, are among several that have escalated tensions in the region. The IDF’s operation to target al-Qedra came after a rigorous intelligence effort spearheaded by both the Shin Bet security agency and the Military Intelligence Directorate.
The IDF’s statement highlighted al-Qedra’s pivotal role, mentioning, “He was responsible for the murderous raid in Kibbutz Nirim and Nir Oz.”
In addition to al-Qedra, the IDF noted that numerous individuals affiliated with Hamas and Islamic Jihad were neutralized in the recent series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Their operations reportedly struck over 100 significant targets. These included Hamas command centers, military compounds, and multiple rocket launchers. Other targets comprised anti-tank missile launch posts, observation posts, and Islamic Jihad command centers.
As the situation in the region remains fluid, these developments underscore the IDF’s efforts to thwart and neutralize immediate threats. Further updates are expected as both sides react to the ongoing developments.