The Israeli army killed Hamas' military commander Ahmed Jabari on Wednesday and launched a series of airstrikes against different targets in the Gaza strip.
Jabari, the commander of the Hamas Izzedine al Qassam brigades, had long been on Israel's hit list and thereafter rarely appeared in public, the Associated Press notes.
In 2003, Jabari became the de facto commander of the Hamas military wing after then-chief Mohammed Deif was seriously wounded in an Israeli attack. Jabari survived four attempts by Israel to kill him. In 2004, an air strike on Jabari's house killed his son, Mohammed, a brother and three other relatives.
Though he is the most recent, Jabari is far from the only militant leader targeted by the Israeli military. Take a look at a list of assassinations and attempted assassinations attributed to Israel's forces.
Sheik Ahmed Yassin
In September 2003, the Israeli army <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1695470.stm">attempted to kill</a> Sheikh Yassin, one of Hamas' founders and spiritual leader of the group, while he was at the house of a colleague in Gaza. He died in an Israeli airstrike on 22 March 2004. <em>Caption:Sheik Ahmed Yassin, founder of the radical Islamic group Hamas, is seen during an interview at his home in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)</em>
In 2010, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a top Hamas operative, was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/khalil-al-wazir-abu-jihad-death-israel_n_2056636.html">killed</a>, electrocuted in a Dubai hotel room. The operation was widely attributed to the Israeli intelligence service. <em>Caption: Palestinians carry a picture of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas' military wing, as others carry his coffin, left, during his funeral procession at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)</em>
An Israeli airstrike killed <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/12/world/middleeast/12briefs-DroneBrf.html">Muhammad Najar</a>, a member of the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza in January 2011. According to Israel's military, Najer was “involved in planning a massive terror attack in the heart of Israel." <em>Caption: A Palestinian militant of the Islamic Jihad stands guard during a rally in Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)</em>
In 2008, Imad Mughniyeh, top commander in the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/khalil-al-wazir-abu-jihad-death-israel_n_2056636.html">killed</a> by a bomb that landed on his car in Damascus, Syria. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the attack. <em>Caption: A Hezbollah supporter holds a poster of slain Hezbollah's top military commander Imad Mughniyeh, left, as other hold a poster of Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, right, during a rally to mark the third anniversary of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, at the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)</em>
In 1995, the founder of the Islamic Jihad group Fathi Shikaki was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20328579">murdered</a> by a man on a motorcycle in Malta. The attack was widely attributed to Israel. <em>Caption: Members of the Islamic Jihad shouting "Death to America, Death to Israel," burn American and Israeli flags during a demonstration in remembrance of Fathi Shikaki in Hebron Monday, Nov. 2, 1998. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)</em>
Israel admitted in October 2012 it had <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/khalil-al-wazir-abu-jihad-death-israel_n_2056636.html">killed</a> Abu Jihad, one of the founders of Fatah, the dominant faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in Tunisia in 1988. <em>Caption: A February 10, 1986 file photo of Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, the Palestinian Liberation Organization's military chief seen in Amman, Jordan. (AP Photo/John Rice, File)</em>
Hamas chief bomb maker Yahya Ayyash was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20328579">killed</a> by a mobile phone packed with explosives, allegedly by Israel, in January 1996 in Gaza. <em>Caption: Thousands of Palestinians gather in the West Bank town of Nablus Thursday Jan 11 1996 for a rally called by the Muslim extremist group Hamas in memory of Yehiya Ayyash who was killed in the Gaza Strip last week. (AP PHOTO/Khaled Zighari)</em>
Salah Shehadeh, leader of Hamas' military wing <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20328579">died</a> after Israel dropped a bomb on his Gaza house in July 2002. <em>Caption: Sheik Salah Shehadeh, left, founder of the military wing of Hamas, is welcomed upon his release from an Israeli jail in Gaza City, May 14, 2000. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)</em>
Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi
Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, co-founder and leader of Hamas, was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20328579">killed</a> in an Israeli missile strike in April 2004 in Gaza. <em>Caption: Hamas militant group leader, Abdel Aziz Al Rantissi, attends a demonstration to support Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat inside the Palestinian parliament compound in Gaza City Friday, March 29, 2002. (AP Photo/Marco Di Lauro)</em>
In January 2009 Said Siyam, senior Hamas commander <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20328579">died</a> in an Israel air strike. <em>Caption: Palestinian Authority Interior Minister Said Siyam, from the Islamic group Hamas, talks during a news conference at his office in Gaza City, Wednesday, May 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)</em>
Basel Abu Alata
In October 2011, an Israeli aircraft <a href="http://cnsnews.com/news/article/israeli-airstrike-kills-5-gaza-militants">killed</a> five Islamic Jihad members, one of which was Basel Abu Alata. <em>Caption: Palestinians carry the body of Islamic Jihad militant Basel Abu Alata, at the morgue of Al Najar hospital following an Israeli air strike on an Islamic Jihad training base in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba) </em>
In 2009, Israeli jets fired missiles on Nizar Rayan's house, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/4071272/Israel-bombs-Gaza-for-seventh-day-after-killing-Hamas-leader.html">killing</a> him, his four wives, ten of his children and two neighbours. Rayan was a top Hamas leader who served as a liaison between the Palestinian organization's political leadership and its military wing. <em>Caption :In this Aug. 5, 2005 file photo Hamas leader Nizar Rayan marches during a protest in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo, File)</em>
In January 2009, Israeli jets bombed a house in the Jabaliya refugee camp, <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/16/gaza-hamas-minister-said-siam">killing</a> Said Siam. Hamas interior minister. <em>Caption: ** FILE ** In this Jan. 30, 2008 file photo, top Hamas official Said Siam is seen at the Palestinian terminal of the Egyptian-Gaza border in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, waiting to cross into Egypt. An Israeli airstrike killed Siam in Gaza City on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, flattening the building where he was staying. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)</em>
Abdel Aziz Rantissi
Abdel Aziz Rantissi, leader of the militant Islamist group Hamas, was <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2004/apr/19/guardianobituaries.israel">assassinated</a> by the Israeli military. At the time of his death, he had held that post for just 25 days. <em>Caption: Hamas leader Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantissi, is interviewed by an Associated Press reporter at his home in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2003. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)</em>
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