Hamas ‘capture’ senior Israeli commander during operation

Major General Nimrod Aloni (right) allegedly being taken by Hamas fighters. — The Telegraph
Major General Nimrod Aloni (right) allegedly being taken by Hamas fighters. — The Telegraph

Palestinian resistance group Hamas has claimed to have captured senior Israeli military officer Major General Nimrod Aloni during its “Al-Aqsa storm” raids in Israel on Saturday.

Hamas launched 5,000 rockets into Israel from Gaza, followed by gunmen infiltrating areas in the southern region of the country as part of its “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm”.

With pictures allegedly showing General Aloni being taken by Hamas fighters doing rounds on social media, Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have denied the capture of the senior military officer who has previously served as commander of IDF’s Gaza division and led Israeli military’s “Operation Guardian of the Walls” in 2021, TheTelegraph reported.

Commenting on the situation, Saleh al-Arouri — head of Hamas’s political bureau — claimed that Hamas forces have captured senior officers of the Israeli military.

The Israeli military was aware of reports of captives, a security source said but provided no further details as an Israeli military spokesman declined to comment in a briefing with reporters.

Hamas’s claims of capturing Israelis have also been confirmed by Israel’s N12 News.

General Aloni’s alleged capture is significant as the senior military officer commands IDF’s “Depth Corps”, a unit specialising in operations against Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

So far, according to The Jerusalem Post, 200 Israelis are reported to have been killed in the attacks so far.

Meanwhile, according to the Palestinian health ministry, there were “198 martyrs and 1,610 wounded with different injuries” in the conflict after Israel launched retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

United States President Joe Biden, while speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has assured of “appropriate means of support” to Israel following Hamas’s attacks.

Defending Israel’s right to “defend itself”, Biden warned any other party hostile to Israel from taking advantage of the volatile situation.

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