The Israel-Hamas struggle is intensifying. On Day 7, because the collective toll rises to just about 3,000 individuals, Hamas – the Palestinian militant group – has requested residents to remain put and “not fall for the evacuation warning.”
The assertion from the group on social media web site X got here after Israel Protection Forces (IDF) ordered the relocation of almost 1.1 million Palestinians from north of Wadi Gaza to Southern Gaza inside 24 hours.
Israel is on the warpath towards Hamas, alleging that its members carried out atrocities “worse than ISIS” – killing harmless civilians, girls, youngsters and mutilating their our bodies.
However who makes up the management of the Hamas? And the place are they situated?
The 60-year-old serves as the pinnacle of the Hamas’ political wing. Thought-about ‘The Politician’, he assumed the seat of energy in 2017, succeeding Khaled Meshaal. Nevertheless, he was already a identified determine when he grew to become Palestinian prime minister in 2006 following an upset victory by Hamas in that 12 months’s parliamentary election.
Recognized to be calm and pragmatic, Haniyeh joined the Hamas in 1987 when the militant group was based as the primary Palestinian intifada, or rebellion, broke out towards Israeli occupation, lasting till 1993. Throughout that point Haniyeh was imprisoned by Israel a number of instances, after which expelled to south Lebanon for six months.
He has lengthy camped for a reconciliation between the armed resistance towards Israel and a political stance inside Hamas, which is blacklisted as a terrorist group by the European Union and america.
Declared a terrorist by the US State Division in 2018, Haniyeh reportedly splits his time between Turkey and Qatar.
In reality, in footage broadcast by Hamas-linked media on Saturday, Haniyeh is seen watching photos on tv from an unknown location of the unfolding assault on Israel, earlier than becoming a member of different Hamas leaders in a prayer to “thank Allah for this victory”.
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Mohammed Deif is the shadowy chief of Hamas’ army wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which was created round 1991. Higher referred to as ‘The Guest’, he’s Israel’s public enemy primary and a person they tried to assassinate no less than six instances and on the US record of “international terrorists” since 2015.
Thought-about by Hamas because the group’s “chief of staff”, Deif is the one who introduced in an audio message the beginning of the Hamas assault on Israel dubbed ‘Al-Aqsa Flood’. Within the recording Deif is heard saying that “the positions and fortifications of the enemy have been targeted by 5,000 rockets and shells during the first 20 minutes” of the assault.
Hamas which launched the audio message additionally posted an image of Deif within the shadow, because it often does in order that he couldn’t be recognized.
Just a few, poor-quality pictures of Deif are identified to exist, the newest taken some 20 years in the past.
His hiding place is unknown, and he’s reported to be a grasp of disguise who is ready to mix seamlessly into the inhabitants.
Deif, whose actual title is Mohammed Diab al-Masri, was born in 1965 in Gaza’s Khan Yunis refugee camp. He has been concerned with Hamas for the reason that Nineteen Eighties and took half in a lot of its operations, together with the kidnapping of troopers and suicide bombings.
He was appointed head of Hamas’ army wing in 2002 after the loss of life of his predecessor, Salah Shehade, in a raid.
Two years earlier, at first of the second intifada, Deif had escaped, or was freed, from a jail run by Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.
Shortly after he was named Hamas’ army head, Israel launched its fifth bid to assassinate him in Gaza, in an assault that left him severely wounded, with unconfirmed experiences suggesting he had been left paraplegic.
The final time Israel tried to assassinate Deif was in 2014 when it launched an air strike on Gaza, killing his spouse and one of many couple’s youngsters.
Deif’s enemies have dubbed him the “cat with nine lives” whereas Palestinians contemplate him a dwelling legend.
A former commander of the Hamas army wing, Sinwar, who’s aged 61, is as we speak thought-about the ‘strongman of Gaza’.
He rose via the ranks of Hamas as a fierce advocate of armed wrestle towards Israel and is taken into account by the group as their “defence minister”.
An aura of thriller surrounds the slightly-built, Hebrew speaker Sinwar, who is aware of Israel nicely, having spent 23 years in Israeli jails earlier than his launch in 2011 in a prisoner alternate involving French-Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was held captive by Hamas.
Like Deif he is also on the US record of wished “international terrorists” since 2015. In 2021, Israeli officers focused Sinwar’s dwelling and workplace within the south of the Gaza Strip throughout an uptick in hostilities, as per a Washington Publish report.
On Thursday, Israeli military spokesman Richard Hecht instructed reporters the offensive on Gaza targets senior Hamas leaders together with Sinwar. A day earlier, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces, had stated: “Yahya Sinwar is the commander of the campaign, and he is a dead man. Hamas’ “military and political leadership, all of its assets, are subject to attack and doomed”.
With inputs from AFP