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Israel announces killing of several high-ranking Hamas commanders following airstrikes in Gaza Strip

Hamas and Israel both announced the killing of several high-ranking Hamas commanders in this week’s Israeli airstrike attacks in the Gaza Strip.

Amid growing tensions in the region in recent weeks, a series of attacks have taken place that have leveled buildings, killed multiple Hamas officials, and have escalated the situation to what one Arab politician believes is almost war. “We’re on the brink of a civil war,” Tweeted Esawi Frej, an Arab member of parliament with the Meretz party. Violence is at a peak after weeks of protests and clashes with police over the impending eviction of Palestinian families from a predominantly Israeli neighborhood in East Jerusalem. In retaliation for the evictions, Hamas fired several rockets into Israel over the weekend, resulting in a deadly back-and-forth that has killed civilians on both sides.

This week’s Israeli airstrikes have claimed the lives of several important members of Hamas, including the leader of its military operations in Gaza, Bassem Issa. According to the Israeli internal security agency, 16 members of Hamas leadership have been killed this week, including  its engineering chief and the heads of cyber warfare and rocket development. Israel has vowed not to let up on their attacks, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing this week, “This is just the beginning. We’ll hit them like they’ve never dreamed possible.”

The possibility of a civil war breaking out seems stronger than it has since the last war in 2014. US President Joe Biden on Thursday sent a US envoy to the region to attempt a ceasefire between Israel and Palsetine. Israel’s military does not appear eager to cease attacks, with military spokesman Brigadier-General Hidai Zilberman telling public broadcaster Kan in an interview, “A ‘truce’ is not part of the jargon on our lips, certainly not in the coming day or two.”

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ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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