Tue 09 May 2023 6:30 am - Jerusalem Time

Who are the Islamic Jihad leaders who were assassinated?!

On Tuesday morning, 3 leaders of the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, were killed after targeting their homes in separate areas of the Gaza Strip.

The three martyrs are Jihad Ghannam, Khalil Al-Bahtini, and Tariq Ezz Al-Din.

Jihad Ghannam (62 years old) is considered one of the most prominent leaders of the Al-Quds Brigades, and he is also considered one of the most wanted persons since the Al-Aqsa Intifada that broke out at the end of 2000.

Ghannam supervised many military operations during the Intifada alongside the martyr Muhammad Sheikh Khalil, one of the brigades' leaders, and these operations led to the killing of many Israeli soldiers and settlers during the presence of settlements in the Gaza Strip.

Ghannam continued to lead the Al-Quds Brigades for long periods and was responsible for many military, administrative and other files, including logistics.

His brother Ziyad was martyred in 2007, and he was his companion who was supervising the preparation of martyrs, to carry out the operations that were supervised by Jihad, Ziyad Ghannam, and Muhammad Sheikh Khalil in the southern region of the Gaza Strip.

Many of his nephews and sisters were martyred in various operations, including assassinations and others by carrying out operations against Israeli targets.

Ghannam supervised the development of missile manufacturing in the Al-Quds Brigades, accompanied by another leader, Khaled Mansour, who was martyred in another Israeli aggression last August.

Israel attempted to assassinate Jihad Ghannam several times, the last of which was in Operation "Saif al-Quds" in May 2021.

Ghannam is considered the most prominent figure in the Al-Quds Brigades, and he is in direct relationship with the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad, Ziyad Al-Nakhala, and has a distinguished and direct relationship with Akram Al-Ajouri, the Commander-in-Chief of the Al-Quds Brigades, who is a member of the movement's political bureau, and lives abroad, and he was also subjected to Israeli bombing. In 2019, coinciding with the assassination of Bahaa Abu al-Ata, a leader in the Saraya in Gaza.

Khalil Al-Bahtini

Khalil al-Bahtini (44 years old) is considered one of the most prominent leaders of the al-Quds Brigades, and his star shone as a political activist in the movement. He was in direct relationship with many of the Brigades’ leaders during the start of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, including Bashir al-Dabash, Moqlad Hamid, Aziz al-Shami and others. His military activity became clearer and greater after the withdrawal The occupation of the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Al-Bahtini formed many active groups within the Al-Quds Brigades, especially those that supervise the development of missiles, and was in direct relationship with Bahaa Abu Al-Atta, who was assassinated in 2019, and with Tayseer Al-Ja’bari and Khaled Mansour, who were assassinated last August.

After the martyrdom of Al-Jabari, he supervised the Al-Quds Brigades in the northern region of the Gaza Strip, and was responsible for firing rockets from that area.

Tariq Ezzedine

Tariq Ezzedine is considered one of the most prominent leaders of the Islamic Jihad in Jenin, in the northern West Bank, and his star shone brighter after his liberation in the "Wafa'a al-Ahrar" deal, according to which 1,027 prisoners were released, in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in 2011.

Ezzedine suffered from a serious health problem and received treatment outside the Gaza Strip, until he recovered and returned to the Strip, to be elected within the first elected political bureau of the Islamic Jihad in 2018, and he was also elected to the political bureau in its second session a few months ago.

Israel accuses Ezzedine of being responsible for the Islamic Jihad's military action in the West Bank and supervising the attacks from there, as well as transferring funds and weapons, especially to the Jenin Brigade.


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Who are the Islamic Jihad leaders who were assassinated?!