Gaza, Israeli raid in the Strip: “Islamic Jihad commander killed”

Raid by Israel in the Gaza Strip, in the operation renamed by the army “Breaking Dawn” against Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Israeli army confirmed the killing of Islamic Jihad commander Tayasir Jabari. Together with him – said the military spokesman – 14 other members of the organization were killed. The ministry of Health of Gaza for now – the media reports – speaks of 7 dead and 40 injured. The Iron Dome, the missile defense system, has been deployed to cover up to 80 kilometers inside Israel, including Tel Aviv and Modin. “This is an operation to remove a concrete threat against Israeli citizens and in areas close to Gaza – said Prime Minister Yair Lapid – The government of Israel will not allow terrorists to threaten citizens. Anyone who tries to hit us should know that we will reach him. “” The enemy has launched a war against our people, “Islamic Jihad said in Gaza, shortly after the first attacks of the Israeli air force began.” We all must defend ourselves. We will not allow the enemy to continue its systematic attempts to strike at the armed resistance. ”The escalation on the border between Israel and Gaza began four days ago after the capture of Bassam a-Saadi, the head of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank.

Hit an office building

The Israeli air force hit an apartment in Bourj Falastin, a ten-story office building located in the center of Gaza City. According to local sources, the apartment belongs to Islamic Jihad and at the time of the attack there were some activists inside. The same sources report that a target was also hit in Khan Yunes, in the southern Strip. An Islamic Jihad post was hit in Beit Kahya to the north.

Islamic Jihad: “Tel Aviv in our sights”

“Tel Aviv and all other Israeli cities are in our sights,” said Islamic Jihad political leader Ziad Nahaleh, quoted by Israeli public radio. “We do not place any red lines in this campaign. Tel Aviv will be our goal. We will hit all the cities of the occupiers. In the next few hours they will see our reaction. “According to Nahaleh, all Palestinian armed factions must join in this effort. The broadcaster noted that Nahaleh, which normally operates from Beirut, was on an official visit to Tehran two days ago.

Gantz: “To Hamas and Islamic Jihad we say: your time is up”

“The situation in southern Israel is tense. We are not looking for a conflict, but we will not hesitate to defend our citizens if necessary,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Gaza leaders before the attacks, after repeated threats. in the last days of Islamic Jihad. “To our enemies, especially the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, I want to say that time is up. This threat will be removed, one way or another.” Gantz then accused Hamas and Islamic Jihad of “holding hostage” the people of the Strip and of being the cause of their suffering, due to the prolonged closure of the crossings between Gaza and Israel.