The Israeli Air Force assassinated, after midnight on Friday night, three fighters of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, north of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Local sources reported that the Air Force fired a missile at a vehicle driving near al-Matahin Road, in Khan Younis, killing the three fighters and seriously wounding two residents.

Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Higher Committee of Emergency Services In Gaza, said that the bodies of the three fighters were severely mutilated due to the blast.

They were later on identified as Ali Lubbad, his brother Abdullah Lubbad, and Mohammad al-Dayya, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Israeli online daily, Maariv, reported that the assassination was a joint operation between the Israeli Security Agency (Shabak) and the Israeli Army.