The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Sunday that it had eliminated the Hamas commander responsible for the Oct. 7 attack on an Israeli military post in the western part of the Gaza Strip.
The attack killed an IDF officer and wounded seven other soldiers.
The commander, identified by the IDF as Yahya Agbaria, was killed in a targeted airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip. Agbaria was the leader of Hamas’ southern branch and helped to coordinate the attack.
The IDF said that Agbaria was one of the most senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip and had planned and directed several attacks against Israeli forces.
It also noted that Agbaria was responsible for the production and distribution of advanced weaponry to terror operatives, as well as the recruitment and training of new operatives.
The airstrike was a joint operation of the IDF and the security services, the IDF said.
“The elimination of those involved in terrorism against Israel promotes regional stability and the safety of Israeli citizens,” the statement read.