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Israel Strikes Top Hamas Commander

In a Gaza airstrike, Israel bombed a house where Izz al-Din Qassam's top commander, Mohammed Deif, was staying.

A Hamas militant leader who has topped Israel's most-wanted list for a decade was badly wounded and underwent four hours of spinal surgery Wednesday after being wounded in an Israeli airstrike, security officials said.

The top fugitive, Mohammed Deif, could end up paralyzed, Palestinian security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his condition. Wednesday's blast marked the army's fourth attempt to kill Deif, held responsible for suicide bombings in Israel. In a 2002 missile strike, he lost an eye.

Dief took over command of Hamas' 'terror operations unit' for Saleh Shehada after he was killed in a 2002 Israeli bombing, and mentor was none other than Yehya "The Engineer" Ayyash, killed in 1995 by Israel.