In a statement released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Saturday, Israel revealed they had eliminated Ali Qadi, the Hamas commander responsible for orchestrating the large-scale terrorist attack on Israel on October 7.
Qadi had commanded Hamas forces in a ruthless terrorist assault on Israel, resulting in the loss of over 1,300 Israeli lives and the abduction of hundreds. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israel Security Agency, commonly known as Shin Bet, confirmed the elimination of Qadi and Merad Abu Merad, the leader of Hamas’ aerial division, on Saturday.
The IDF released a statement on Saturday, saying, “Ali Qadi led the inhumane, barbaric October 7 massacre of civilians in Israel. We just eliminated him. All Hamas terrorists will meet the same fate.”
This is a huge win for Israel and loss for the Hamas terrorists!
Israel has now confirmed that they have killed two Hamas commanders.
As seen in the video below, Ali Qadi, the man mostly responsible for last Saturday’s attack on Israel has been eliminated via a drone strike.… pic.twitter.com/FfFUwKftAI
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) October 14, 2023
This statement follows the IDF’s warning to Gaza Strip residents to swiftly vacate the area just a day ago. It appears that the IDF is preparing for a substantial ground incursion into Gaza with the intent of rooting out hidden Hamas forces within the underground tunnels in the region.
In a statement released on Friday, the IDF said, “The IDF calls for the evacuation of all civilians of Gaza City from their homes southwards. The Hamas terrorist organization waged a war against the State of Israel, and Gaza City is an area where military operations take place. This evacuation is for your own safety.”
The total number of casualties from both sides in the conflict exceeded 3,000 on Friday. The Israel Defense Forces have continued intense missile strikes, maintaining that their targets are exclusively Hamas-related.
As a response to Israel’s warnings, a massive evacuation of civilians is underway, with people in Gaza fleeing to the southern areas due to the ongoing airstrikes and worsening humanitarian conditions.
Concurrently, the U.S. government has announced its collaboration with Israel and Egypt to secure the reopening of the Rafah crossing, the sole border crossing not under Israeli control, situated in northeast Egypt.
This effort aims to provide a brief window for U.S. citizens to exit the Palestinian territory. The State Department has initiated communication with a portion of the estimated 500-600 U.S. nationals within the region, encouraging them to proceed toward Rafah if they feel they can move safely through the region.