Israel eliminates top Hamas commander who helped direct October 7 massacre, IDF says

The Israeli military said Tuesday it had eliminated one of Hamas’s top commanders who was involved in the October 7 massacre near the Gaza Strip in which eight Israelis were killed.

The commander, named as Salah al-Aruri, was killed in an airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said.

The IDF said al-Aruri was responsible for planning and directing the terror attack near the city of Beit Hanoun on October 7, which left seven Israeli nationals and one foreign national dead.

Al-Aruri was also responsible for other attacks in Israel, including firing rockets at the Israeli city of Ashkelon last week, the IDF said.

This is a developing story.