Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war.
The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a five day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes on the enclave.
Islamist Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jabari, who ran the organization's armed wing, the Izz al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, died along with his son after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.
"The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself," Hamas' armed wing said following the targeted killing of its commander.
Top Hamas terrorist Ismail al-Ashkar said, "The resistance's options are now open and they include suicide attacks and quality attacks in Israel cities."
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