IDF airstrike kills PIJ terror leader in Gaza

Officials said that Lolo was a target for his involvement in terror operations in Israel dating from before and during the current war.

By World Israel News Staff

The IDF and Shin Bet announced the killing of a chief Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror leader Mamdouh Lolo in an airstrike in Northern Gaza.

Officials said that Lolo was a target for his involvement in terror operations in Israel dating from before and during the current war.

Lolo also played a central role in communications between terror leaders in Gaza and those overseas.

The IDF and Shin Bet praised the precision of the operation even as intense fighting continues in Gaza.

The killing of Mamdouh Lolo comes days after the death of Hamas head  Saleh Al-Arouri in Beirut.

Although Lebanon blames Israel for Saleh Al-Arouri’s killing, Israel has yet to take responsibility for the missile attack.

Hamas itself said that Arouri was one of the select few who planned the terrorists’ massacre of 1,200 people in Gazan envelope communities three months ago, which sparked the ongoing war as Israel declared it would destroy the organization to completely erase it as a future threat.

The closest an Israeli official came to assuming responsibility was Mossad head David Barnea saying Wednesday at the funeral of one of his predecessors, Zvi Zamir, that “Any Arab mother should know that if her son took part, directly or indirectly, in the October 7 massacre, his blood is forfeit.”

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Last month, IDF and Shin Bet announced that Subhi Ferwana, a terror financier in Gaza who transferred tens of millions of dollars to fund Hamas terror, was killed in an airstrike.

Ferwana and his brother used a currency exchange store in Gaza to launder money received from Iran and other major funders of terrorism.

The death of Ferwana in an airstrike in Rafah on Gaza’s southern border is likely to dramatically hurt Hamas’ long-term operations, since his funding efforts were essential for fueling the terrorist group.

According to a joint statement by Shin Bet and the IDF, “Ferwana was one of the few and prominent money exchangers who was able to transfer to the military wing of Hamas the amount of money needed for the fighting.