Senior Hamas official destroy amid new Israeli evacuation.

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A senior Hamas official, Ehab Al-Ghussein, was among four individuals killed in an Israeli airstrike at a school in Gaza City, as reported by Palestinian sources. Al-Ghussein had recently assumed responsibility for managing Hamas government affairs in Gaza City and northern Gaza. The Israeli military stated that the airstrike targeted an area of the school building where it claimed terrorists were operating and hiding, emphasizing efforts to minimize harm to civilians.

Eyewitnesses confirmed the attack struck two classrooms on the ground floor of the Holy Family School, adjacent to the Holy Family Church west of Gaza City. The school had become a shelter for numerous people at the time of the strike.

Ehab Al-Ghussein previously held positions as deputy labor minister and spokesperson for the Hamas interior ministry. While his death is seen as significant within the Hamas leadership, it is not considered a major military setback. Numerous other Hamas officials and government figures have been killed in recent months, underscoring the ongoing conflict’s toll.

In a separate development, the Israeli military issued evacuation orders for a central part of Gaza City. Ibrahim Al-Barbari, a resident of the Bani Amer neighborhood, described the scene as dozens of families prepared to leave their homes, citing the lack of communication from the army but heeding warnings from neighbors.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel reiterated that any ceasefire agreement must allow Israel to resume military operations until its objectives—dismantling Hamas’s military and governance capabilities and securing the return of hostages—are achieved. Hamas officials, meanwhile, await Israel’s response to recent ceasefire proposals.

The conflict was sparked by an attack by Hamas gunmen on October 7, prompting Israeli military action. According to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry, at least 38,098 Palestinians have lost their lives as a result of Israel’s offensive.

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