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A crowd gathers around the wreckage of the car of Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, on Wednesday. The Israeli military said his assassination marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants.

Israeli airstrikes slam Gaza City; Hamas leader dead

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander.

Hamas security officials said two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. Plumes of smoke were rising in the air, and people were running in panic through the streets as militants angrily fire their weapons in the air.

Earlier, Israel killed the head of the Hamas military wing, Ahmed Jabari, in an airstrike. In all, Palestinian officials say six people have been killed in the Israeli attacks.

Israel says the airstrikes are the beginning of a broader operation, launched in response to days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza.

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