The Palestinian militant group Hamas said on Tuesday that one of its top leaders of its armed wing was killed in an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip.
“Ayman Nofal, ‘Abu Ahmad’, a member of the general army council and commander of the central command in Al-Qassam brigades, was killed in an Israeli attack,” Hamas said in a statement.
The Israeli military did not immediately confirm the death to AFP.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza claimed that around 3,000 people were killed in Israeli attacks on Tuesday. More than 12,500 have already been injured since Israel began its bombardment, in response to an attack by Hamas militants on October 7, the deadliest attacks in the country’s history.
More than 1,400 people have already died in Israel, according to Israeli officials.
Israel evacuated most of its border communities during the ongoing hostilities. However, it is not possible for Gaza’s 2.4 million inhabitants to leave the Palestinian territory.
FF Plus will not allow himself to be dictated to on Israel conflict
Jennifer Glover, FF Plus councilor in the Ekurhuleni metro council, meanwhile said the party will not be dictated to or intimidated about the conflict situation in Israel.
The Ekurhuleni metro council’s speaker, Nthabiseng Tshivhega, insisted during a special council meeting on Tuesday that council members stand and maintain a few moments of silence for the “people of Palestine”.
“The FF Plus refused to participate in the gesture and is of the opinion that the same honor should also be shown to the residents of Israel,” says Glover. “The FF Plus stands in solidarity with the people of Israel in its fight against the terrorist group Hamas and will not be forced in boardrooms to choose sides unilaterally.”
Glover says it is unacceptable for the FF Plus that the speaker did not condemn the calculated and bloody attack on civilians in Israel. “This kind of behavior is unethical and improper.”
This follows news that Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), contacted the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, by telephone. The department stressed that Pandor had not pledged her support to the terrorist group Hamas.
Dirco stated unequivocally on Tuesday that Pandor had received a request to call Haniyeh about how South Africa could send humanitarian aid to Palestine. Click here to read more.