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Wael Abu-Fanounah, killed on January 18, 2024

IDF Strikes Islamic Jihad Leader Released in Gilad Schalit Deal

Deputy Head of Propaganda for terror organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad Wael Makin Abdallah Abu-Fanounah was targeted and killed by the IDF in an airstrike on Thursday, January 18, the military announced on Friday in a joint statement with the Israel Security Service (Shin Bet).

Fanounah was originally arrested in Israel on December 12, 1989, and was sentenced to three life sentences for his terrorist activities, but was released in 2011 as part of the Gilad Schalit prisoner deal. Fanounah then served as deputy to Khalil al-Hayya, the Northern Gaza Strip Commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Since 2017, before assuming his role as deputy head of the organization’s Propaganda Unit, Fanounah was responsible for producing terror videos related to rocket attacks on Israeli territory and creating and disseminating documentation of Israeli captives as part of the psychological warfare conducted by terror groups in Gaza against Israeli residents.

IDF ground troops and naval forces are continuing to conduct joint operational activity in the Gaza Strip, including precise airstrikes. Additionally, IDF naval forces are continuing to assist ground troops through strikes from the sea. In the central Gaza strip, IDF forces continued to conduct counterterrorism activity. (JPost / VFI News)

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