The Israeli Army has killed this Friday the number two of the group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (YIP) in the Gaza Strip during an airstrike on a residential building that left at least seven others dead and more than 40 wounded. Palestinian medical and security sources in Gaza confirmed the death of Taysir al-Jabarileader of the armed wing of the YIP in the center and north of the Strip, a man who headed the unit responsible for launching rockets towards Israel.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health explained that one of the fatalities is a five year old girl. Other Palestinian sources in Gaza also highlighted that the attacked residential building, located in the center of the Gaza Capital, houses the offices of the media and non-governmental organizations.
The murder of Al Jabari takes place within the framework of an offensive launched this Friday by the Israeli Army against targets of the Palestinian group in the enclave, as part of a spike in tension after the arrest on Monday of Bassem Saadi, another of their leaders in the occupied West Bank. The capture occurred in the midst of an armed confrontation with the militiamen, which left a 17-year-old dead, identified as Dirar Salih Kafrinia wounded young man and another arrested, identified as Ashraf Al-Jadamember of the YIP.
In a brief statement, the Army announced the start of a operation against the islamist groupwhich this week threatened retaliatory attacks after the arrest, triggering a surge of Israeli troops along the Gaza border and a state of alarm by the possible launch of rockets. For several days, Israel has maintained border crossings closed with the Strip, as well as multiple roads in the Israeli communities adjoining the enclave.
The Israeli attack this Friday in Gaza marks a change of trend regarding previous offensives, whose triggers usually include hostilities by Palestinian groups in the Strip against Israeli territory. Following the bombing, which according to Palestinian sources hit multiple targets in different gazati citiesthe Army decreed the interruption of almost all activities in the communities near the border and established multiple protection measures in neighboring but not so close areas.
stoppage of activities
These measures include the paralysis of all educational activities and a limit on capacity, which cannot be extended to more than 10 people in closed spaces at least until tomorrow afternoon. “The Israeli government will not allow terrorist organizations in Gaza to set the agenda in the area adjacent to the Strip and threaten the citizens of the State of Israel. Anyone who tries to harm Israel should know: we will find them,” he assured after the offensive. Israeli Prime Minister, Yair Lapid.
“The security forces will act against Islamic Jihad terrorists to eliminate the threat they represent”, he added. For his part, the Defense Minister, Benny Gantzhas indicated that “the objective is to protect the State of Israel and the citizens of Israel. We will not allow anyone to threaten or harm the citizens of Israel.
Faced with this tension, Egypt is doing great efforts to mediate and prevent an escalation of violence, he assured this Wednesday Khaled Al Batsh, a member of the Islamic Jihad political bureau in Gaza. Islamic Jihad is calling on Israel, through Egypt, to allow Saadi’s family a visit to check your health status.