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By Duncan Mil

January 3, 2024 - Israel’s Mossad overseas intelligence agency has orders to hunt down and kill the top leadership of Hamas anywhere in the world following the October 7 attack, which killed 1,200 people.

Seven weeks after Hamas’s brutal attack, on November 23, 2023, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tasked the Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks -- popularly known as Mossad, Hebrew for “institute” -- to assassinate the top leadership.

At a joint press conference in Tel Aviv with War Cabinet members Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and minister-without-portfolio Benny Gantz, Netanyahu said that he had instructed the Mossad to target the heads of Hamas “wherever they are.”

Gallant said that the terror organization’s leaders “are living on borrowed time. The struggle is worldwide. From gunmen in the field to those who are enjoying luxury jets while their emissaries are acting against women and children -- they are destined to die.”

Hamas leaders include the terrorist organization’s politburo head, Ismail Haniyeh; chief in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar; “military wing” commander Mohammed Deif; deputy commander Marwan Issa; deputy political leader Saleh al-Arouri, and former politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, Chairman of Hamas political bureau.

Saleh al-Arouri, 57, was killed in a drone attack in southern Beirut on Tuesday, along with six other Hamas military members.

Israel has insisted the assassination was not an attack on Lebanon, as its enemies warned of “punishment” for his death.

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PUBLISHED: 04/01/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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