The Israeli army launched air strikes on Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday. This is what was reported by the Israeli army itself. It relates to several attacks in different places, including downtown Gaza City. Meanwhile, the IDF said that Israel was in the process of resuming attacks. Among the dead was a five-year-old girl.
Eyewitnesses and Palestinian security sources reported several attacks, including in the center of Gaza City. This is what is written by various American media and confirmed by the Israeli army. The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least seven people were killed, including a 5-year-old girl, Alaa Qaddoum. At least 44 people were injured.
It is also said that one of the leaders of Islamic Jihad was among the dead. The organization said in a statement that it “mourns the martyrdom of the great jihadi leader, Tayseer al-Jabari,” who was martyred in Gaza City.
On the other hand, the Israeli army is talking about 15 dead. “We estimate that 15 people were killed in the fighting,” an army spokesman said, referring to Palestinian fighters. “We are not finished yet.” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Friday allowed the army to call up up to 25,000 reservists for operational purposes. according to Jerusalem Post The army has already started this. This suggests that Israel may be planning to fight back after Friday’s air strikes.
Hamas, the armed group that rules Gaza, said Israel had “committed a new crime for which it must pay”. The group said it would take up arms because “we do not accept the current situation.” Hamas said in a statement, “We must open fire on the enemy on all fronts.”
The attacks come on the heels of unrest in the region after the arrest of two senior Islamic Jihad members earlier this week. Liwa al-Quds, the military branch of that organization, had threatened to launch attacks.
Islamic Jihad is closely linked to Iran, Israel’s enemy. The organization regularly carries out rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip.
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