The Israeli occupation army has carried out several airstrikes in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing 10 people, including a five-year-old boy, and injuring 55 others, the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said.
One of the dead was identified as Tayseer Al-Jaabari, commander of Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades.
Al-Jaabari was attacked on the seventh floor of the Palestine Building, a residential block, in central Gaza City.
Salameh Abed, a senior leader of the Al-Quds Brigades, was also killed after being targeted in eastern Gaza city.
The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Israeli military said it had killed Al-Jaabari, pointing out that the attacks in Gaza are part of a new Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip called “Dawn Rising” targeting Islamic Jihad.
Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, said: “The Israeli occupation has sparked another violent escalation against the Gaza Strip and committed a new crime against the Palestinian people.
“The Palestinian resistance factions are united in this struggle and will not remain silent. We affirm that the Palestinian resistance will defend the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by all means possible.”
Islamic Jihad chief in exile Ziyad Al-Nakhalah said: “There will be no truce with the Israeli occupation after launching its aggression against Gaza.”
Israeli has tightened its stifling siege in the Gaza Strip over the past three days, following the arrest of Islamic Jihad leader Bassam Al-Saadi in an attack on the occupied West Bank earlier this week. It later sent military reinforcements to the areas around Gaza in preparation for an attack.
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