Israel announces assassination of Hamas leader Hassan Okasha in Syria

The Israeli occupation army announced on Monday that it had assassinated an official of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) named Hassan Okasha, whom it accused of being behind the launching of rockets towards Israel from Syria.

Israel announces assassination of Hamas leader Hassan Okasha in Syria

The Israeli occupation army announced on Monday that it had assassinated an official of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) named Hassan Okasha, whom it accused of being behind the launching of rockets towards Israel from Syria.

"The Israeli army killed Hassan Okasha, who was responsible for launching Hamas rockets from Syrian territory into Israel in recent weeks, in Beit Jinn in Rif Dimashq governorate, Syria," the Israeli army said in a statement posted on its X platform, without mentioning how the killing took place.

The occupation army concluded its statement by saying that it "will not allow what it called terrorism from the territory of Syria," and considered Damascus to be responsible for any act emanating from its territory. It affirmed that it will continue to act against any threat.

Hamas has not yet commented on the Israeli announcement.

Last December, the official Israeli broadcaster, the Broadcasting Corporation, alleged that Hamas had established a branch in Syria.

Akasha's assassination was confirmed as the second Hamas leader to be assassinated by Israel within a week, after the group's deputy chief of political bureau Saleh al-Arouri was assassinated in Lebanon's southern suburbs of Beirut.

The assassination comes at a time when the Israeli army has waged a devastating war on the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023, which left 22,835 martyrs, 58,416 wounded, most of them women and children, as well as massive destruction of infrastructure and an "unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe," according to official Palestinian and UN sources.


Source: Agencies