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Israel Assassinates Hamas Naval Commando Chief in Pinpoint Strike (VIDEO)

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The aftermath of Israel's strike on Hamas leader Mohammed Shaaban. Photo: Screenshot.

An air-to-ground missile fired by an Israeli aircraft targeted the head of Hamas’ naval commando unit in Gaza Tuesday afternoon.

Mohammed Shaaban and two other individuals travelling in a vehicle were killed in the air strike, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News.

There were no reports of anyone else killed in the strike, which apparently used a low-level charge which left another vehicle nearby unscathed.

“Since (Sunday) night, Hamas has fired over 100 rockets at Israeli civilians. No nation would accept this threat, neither will we,” an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter feed update read.

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A video clip of the destroyed vehicle can be seen below. (Warning: Graphic images.)

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