Local media said that an Israeli reconnaissance plane fired a rocket on a group of Palestinians gathering near a position of Qassam Brigades
, the military wing of Hamas movement, in Ashkelon.
But the future of their armed wing, the Ezzedine Al Qassam Brigades
, remains unclear.
The sources said that Israeli planes struck the Badir site of the Izzidin Al Qassam Brigades
in southern Gaza, a metal workshop as well as another site for Al Qassam Brigades
in Beit Lahia north of the Strip causing material damage but not human injuries, according to Jordan News Agency (Petra).
Ibrahim al-Madhoun, a writer who is close to Hamas, said the killing highlighted the changes that have occurred in Gaza since Yehya Sinwar became the effective defense minister and representative of the Qassam Brigades
in Hamas' governing structure.
When we said we captured the soldier, it's true and everyone has to deal with that as true." The Al Qassam Brigades
did not say whether the captured soldier was dead or alive.
Last month, one Qassam Brigades
member was killed and six were injured after an explosion went off during a "training session in bomb-making" near Rafah, near the Egyptian border.
"Al Qassam Brigades
bombed multiple #Israeli targets with 527 projectiles including Tel Aviv since the start of operation".
"(The Qassam Brigades
) has manufactured its weapons with its bare hands...
Hamas's armed wing, the Izz Al Deen Al Qassam Brigades
, said a total of four vehicles packed with explosives attacked Kerem Shalom and three exploded.
"This fabricated tale that aims to distort the honourable and holy struggle of the Qassam Brigades
will not in any way affect the comprehensive revenge plan that the leaders of the Qassam Brigades
have formed for vengeance from the Zionist enemy.
Al Qassam Brigades
, Hamas armed wing , said in a brief statement that Israeli special units infiltrated Sunday evening by a car into Ismail Abu Shanab Mosque area three kilometers in depth of east of Khan Yunis and assassinated Nour Baraka one of Qassam leader .
The movement's Gaza chief Ismail Haniyeh Feb 5 said the Qassam Brigades
were preparing "for any future clashes with the Zionist enemy", including by building tunnels on the border with Israel.