Head of Hamas military wing killed
Hamas military wing leader Ahmed Ja'abari is seen on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing into Gaza on October 18, 2011.
November 14th, 2012
09:43 AM ET

Head of Hamas military wing killed

Ahmed al-Ja'abari, head of Hamas' military wing, was killed Wednesday in Gaza by an Israeli "surgical" strike, the Israeli military announced.

A spokesman for the Hamas-run government in Gaza confirmed that al-Ja'abari was killed in an Israeli strike.  "Israel is announcing the war in Gaza and Israel will carry the responsibility for killing Ahmed Jabri," Tahar Eanono said in a written message.

Militants in Gaza have been firing dozens of rockets into southern Israel, and Israel has struck back.

The Israeli military tweeted earlier today:

[tweet https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson/status/268722403989925888%5D

See our full coverage of today's events here.

soundoff (154 Responses)
  1. harry

    Finally IDF is acting.... DO MORE!!!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. allen's

    good job. one more killer of the innocent dead

    November 14, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasser Ja'bari

      Did you say innocent! those are bunch of theives who stole Palestine

      November 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Don Cooper

    Mazeltov, Israel !!!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jorge

    Long is the hand of Israel against its enemies, it is a shame that the Western World does not want to underestand that Israels fight is for civilization against darkness and hatred, Muslim fundamentalists are not against Israel, they are against western civilization, principles and values

    November 14, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. HAMAS is Arabic for TERRORISM

    HAMAS wants to kill innocent Israeli Men, Women & Children?? And IDF will strike back !! HAMAS is Arabic for TERRORISM !! Israel WILL ALWAYS HAVE A RIGHT TO DEFEND HERSELF !!!!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Spruce

      You dogs just love war and killing. Why not pick a fight against a people who can defend themselves like Turkey.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • InfantryJoe

      Well in actuality, HAMAS is an acronym. The word hamas in Arabic means enthusiasm, but the acronym stands for Harakat al Moqawama al Islamiya, which means Islamic Resistance Movement. I'm not defending Hamas, just pointing out that you don't know what you're talking about.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • IDF Soldier

      @Spruce – If it was your family / friends getting murdered by a well-known terrorist organization such as Hamas, what would your solution be IDIOT ??

      November 14, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Alon CG

      Actually ... I think HAMAS in Hebrew stands for violence or violent persons (men). This Yahoo! answer seems to be spot on ... http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081229031149AAA8kyP ... And i do not think there is any conincidence.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Nasser Ja'bari

      Mere fabrication and twist of facts...and excuse me: Hammas does not mean terrorism..obviously your Arabic is poor!

      November 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Empkira

    Wasn't there supposed to be a truce that was just brokered? Guess he was too big of a target to pass up. Doubt Hamas is going to take it lying down now.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Phillip Kudryavtsev

      What truce, Hammas fired 100+ rockets into Israel this week

      November 14, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rocky B.

    I bet his lifelong dream was to become a martyr. I guess dreams do come true. I only feel bad for the 72 virgins.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • RickN

      No no no. Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! It's not 72 virgins. It's a 72 year old virgin!!

      November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Rocky B.

      That's why it's always important to read the fine print before closing a deal.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. TheGreenMan

    It is one less recipient of my tax earnings donated via the corrupt EU as undeserved and unearned aid money to far away Asian Muslim extremists. Well done Israel. Please stop the rest of the unwanted drain on my wages and blitz the remaining nests of those social vermin

    November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. ahmed

    this is aterrorist army...israeli army is aterrorist>>killing civilian children in Gaza is terrorism

    November 14, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • RickN

      And strapping suicide vests onto children, that's civilized behavior?

      November 14, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      You are entirely backwards, ahmed. al-Ja'abari, the Hamas "military leader," plotted murder of innocent Israelis with his random rockets and suicide bombings. That defines a terrorist. The Israeli military, on the other hand, acted honorably and properly by precisely targeting this purveyor of death with no civilian casualies.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Leo

    Well done Israel!

    November 14, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. gadi

    Good job IDF!!
    In the last days Israeli's cities were attacked daily, now it is time to pay..

    November 14, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Wilma

    We were just worried Obamo might be upset, with him probably being a Muslim and definitly not a supporter of Israel and all.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. BigDog's 81's

    I spent 3 months working with the IDF in Haifa and must say these guys are the best foreign fighting force I ever had the pleasure of working with and if your interested in knowing who the worse is it would be the Greece since they spent the whole training op drinking Rocky and smoking dope which are not things anyone should consume prior to shooting 120mm mortars.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. tony

    Looks like any Palestinian point of view postings are being systematically deleted. But then what do you expect?

    November 14, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. War General

    Every Terrorist is replaceable. Expect more to die on both sides.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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