Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the leader of the militant group Hamas in Gaza, was killed on Saturday in Gaza City by an Israeli missile strike, Israeli officials and Palestinian security sources said.
An Israeli helicopter launched the strike on Rantisi’s car in Gaza City, the sources said, also killing Rantisi’s son and a bodyguard. Rantisi was rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly afterward.
An Israeli Foreign Ministry official confirmed that the missile strike was a targeted killing.
Rantisi was appointed to head Hamas in Gaza after Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed last month in an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City.