Who is Iyad al-Hassani, whom Israel assassinated in Gaza yesterday?

Who is Iyad al-Hassani, whom Israel assassinated in Gaza yesterday?
Who is Iyad al-Hassani, whom Israel assassinated in Gaza yesterday?

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Yesterday, Friday, the Israeli occupation army assassinated Iyad al-Hassani, the most prominent leader of the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement in the Gaza Strip, after bombing a residential apartment in the al-Nasr neighborhood of Gaza City.

After his assassination, some Israeli media described him as one of the most important figures assassinated since the beginning of the current round, according to a report by the local (Al-Rai) agency.

Iyad al-Hassani, a resident of al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, at the age of 54, left the camp in recent years and lived in al-Karama, northwest of the city. He is a refugee from the town of Hamama, near Ashkelon.

Iyad al-Hassani was persecuted by the occupation as a young man during the first intifada, during which he was injured, and was arrested for short periods before he was released. With the establishment of the first military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, which was called the “section”, he participated in the establishment of some of its groups alongside his companion. The founder of those forces, the martyr Mahmoud Al-Khawaja.

Al-Hassani supervised the preparation of the martyr Ali Al-Amawi, one of the elements of the “section” of the military wing of the Islamic Jihad at the time, to carry out an operation in the city of Ashdod in 1994, using a primitive weapon, which led to the killing of two Israelis at the time near a bus station.

In 1995, he was involved in a limited way in preparing the famous Beit Lid bombing operation, which was carried out by the martyrs Anwar Sukkar and Salah Shaker, residents of the Gaza Strip, which led to the killing of at least 25 Israelis.

In 1996, he was directly involved in preparing the martyr Ramez Obeid, the perpetrator of the Dizengoff bombing, which killed 13 Israelis at the time.

Since 1995, he has become openly persecuted by the Israeli occupation forces and has become a pursuer for them, before he was arrested by the Palestinian security services upon assuming power in Gaza along with leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

With the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada at the end of 2000, Al-Hassani participated in establishing the first cells of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

He supervised the management and leadership of various military groups that were confronting the Israeli incursions into the cities and camps of the Gaza Strip. He also supervised a series of shooting operations against settlers and the occupation forces near the settlements, in one of which led to the killing of settlers in 2002, and at that time the martyr Munir Abu Mustafa was martyred, and the unit that carried out the killing was supported. officer near Netzarim at the end of the same year.

Over the years, Al-Hassani continued to lead active military groups in different areas of the Gaza Strip, until he became a member of the Al-Quds Brigades structure within its military council, and responsible for its special operations.

Al-Hassani traveled outside the Gaza Strip several times, and he was in direct contact with important figures from the “axis of resistance” in the region, especially the Lebanese Hezbollah, as sources confirm to (Al-Quds) dot-com.

During his struggle, Al-Hasani was subjected to two assassination attempts by the Israeli occupation, and his nephew and one of his assistants for several years, Ramah Fayez Al-Hasani, who announced his death in 2011 after a mysterious explosion in a vehicle he was driving in the center of the Gaza Strip, was martyred. His family then accused the occupation of killing him.

Al-Hassani has a brother, Muhammad, one of the first local Islamic Jihad leaders in Gaza City, and he is a liberated prisoner who was released in the Gilad Shalit deal in 2011, after spending more than 24 years in the occupation prisons.