Israeli forces have claimed to have killed another Hamas commander in their second strike on Gaza's largest refugee camp in two days. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) announced that Muhammad A'sar, the head of Hamas' anti-tank missile unit, was killed using a fighter jet. The IDF released footage of the explosion at a Hamas base in the northern Gaza city of Jabalia, which they said killed A'sar. It comes after Israel said a previous strike on the same target killed a ringleader of a recent terror attack on October 7.
The Israeli military continues its campaign to destroy Hamas after the group's deadly rampage into southern Israel three weeks ago. Israel conducted land, sea, and air strikes on the densely populated Gaza strip. Palestinians are now sifting through the rubble in a desperate search for survivors and have described the strikes as a massacre.
Palestinian health officials reported about 50 people killed and 150 wounded from the second explosion. The IDF claimed that the strike was directed at a Hamas command and control complex in Jabalia. In a statement, the IDF accused Hamas of deliberately building their infrastructure near civilian buildings, endangering the lives of Gazan civilians.
Meanwhile, the Rafah border crossing into Egypt has opened for the first time since the conflict began. British nationals have started leaving Gaza, and the crossing will be open for controlled and time-limited periods to allow the safe evacuation of foreign nationals and critically injured individuals. The opening of the border was described as a necessary first step by Britain's Foreign Secretary.