Category: World / November 14, 2012 1:47 PM EST
Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday (November 14), bringing both sides closer to the brink of a possible new war.
The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a five day surge of violence which saw more than 100 missiles fired out of Gaza and repeated Israeli strikes.
Islamist Hamas said Ahmed Al-Jaabari, who ran the organization’s armed wing died along with a passenger after their car was targeted by an Israeli missile.
Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service confirmed it had carried out the attack, saying it had killed Jaabari because of his "decade-long terrorist activity".
Immediate calls for revenge were broadcast over Hamas radio and smaller groups also warned of retaliation.
Hamas has governed Gaza since 2007 and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
Israel last staged a full-scale attack on Gaza during a three week conflict in 2008 and 2009 in which 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.