Channel Kan 11 reported, citing sources in the Gaza Strip, that Rawhi Mushtaha could be the potential successor to Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.

Mushtaha is a member of Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip and has been close to Yahya Sinwar since they were imprisoned together in an Israeli prison.

Rawhi Mushtaha is considered to be one of the founders of Hamas's military wing. In 1989, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and was released, like Sinwar, as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

Mushtaha did not die in combat in the Gaza Strip, as believed in Israel, and likely maintains connections with Hamas's overseas leadership.

Earlier, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant stated during a meeting at the Southern Command headquarters that Hamas is seeking a replacement for the leader of the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, because "Gaza doesn't answer calls and there is no leader on the ground to talk to." Hamas dismissed this statement as "psychological warfare" and announced that they are "looking for a replacement for Galant."