The Israeli army’s spokesperson, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, officially confirmed in a press conference that Marwan Issa, the deputy commander of Hamas’ military wing, was assassinated in an Israeli airstrike carried out in the central Gaza Strip earlier this month.

“We have checked all the intelligence,” Hagari said in a televised conference. “Marwan Issa was eliminated in the strike we carried out around two weeks ago.”

Alongside Issa, senior Hamas commander Ghazi Abu Tama’a was also killed in the March 10 strike in Nuseirat, according to Hagari.

The US previously announced that Issa was killed in the strike, although at the time, Israel said that it was still evaluating the results of the bombing.

Marwan Issa held a pivotal position within Hamas and served as the deputy to Mohammed Deif, the head of Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

He was regarded as the third topmost official in Gaza’s Hamas leadership. Issa’s alleged presence at the site of the Israeli strike sparked intense speculation about his fate, with conflicting reports adding to the uncertainty.