Tension Rises As Israel Kills the Senior Leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad

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Smoke rises following an explosion in Gaza early Tuesday. Israeli forces said they carried out an air strike that killed a senior Palestinian militant. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
Smoke rises following an explosion in Gaza early Tuesday. Israeli forces said they carried out an air strike that killed a senior Palestinian militant. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
The breaking News from Washingtonpost indicate that Israeli security forces said they killed a senior leader of the militant faction Palestinian Islamic Jihad in a targeted airstrike in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, sparking retaliatory rocket fire from the enclave into surrounding Israeli towns.

Warning sirens sounded in multiple populations centers, including Tel Aviv, potentially sending thousands to shelters. Schools were canceled in large areas of central Israel. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Israeli Defense Forces said in a tweet they had targeted Baha Abu Al Ata, commander of a group considered responsible for previous rocket launches, because “his next attack was imminent

showed a heavily damage house in the east Gaza neighborhood of Shejaiya. The Gaza Health Ministry said a man and woman were killed in the attack and two people injured. The killed were Al Ata and his wife, according to local reports.

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In a statement, Palestinian Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths. “Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, is mourning its martyr and one of the most prominent members of its military council and the commander of the northern region,” it said, describing the attack as a “coward assassination.”

“We affirm that the response to this crime will have no limits and will be the size of the crime committed by the criminal enemy and that the occupation will bear the consequences of this aggression,” the statement said.

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Smoke rises following an explosion in Gaza early Tuesday. Israeli forces said they carried out an air strike that killed a senior Palestinian militant. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)
Smoke rises following an explosion in Gaza early Tuesday. Israeli forces said they carried out an air strike that killed a senior Palestinian militant. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)