Gaza Strip: Leader of Islamic Jihad Killed in Airstrike

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Top military leaders of the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza have been “neutralized” over the past two days during Israeli military raids against the Palestinian group, according to the operation’s chief.

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“The senior leadership of the military wing of Islamic Jihad in Gaza has been neutralized,” Oded Basiok, the Israeli army’s (IDF) chief of operations, told AFP.

As the Times of Israel website reports, on Saturday night Khalid Mansour was killed in an airstrike in Rafah. He was allegedly the commander of Islamic Jihad in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

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The Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization confirmed that one of its leaders was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

“The Al Quds Brigades mourns their leader Khalid Mansour, member of the security council and commander of the southern sector (of the Gaza Strip) who became a ‘martyr’ as a result of an Israeli airstrike yesterday (Saturday),” the Palestinian organization said in a statement. .

The Al Quds Brigades are the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization.

It is recalled that Taysir Jabari, the alleged head of Islamic Jihad in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, had died on Friday.

The previous week, the Israeli army had arrested a leading figure of the Palestinian organization in the West Bank.

At least 24 Palestinians, including six children, have been killed and another 203 injured during Israeli attacks in the past 48 hours, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

In contrast, Palestinian militants fired more than 400 rockets at Israel – most of which were intercepted – triggering air raid sirens and forcing many residents to run for shelter. There were no reports of casualties from Israeli authorities.

29 dead, among them 6 children

Twenty-nine people, including six children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the escalation of violence between Israel and the Islamic Jihad organization, the Palestinian enclave’s health ministry announced today, correcting an earlier statement.

In the first announcement, the ministry said 32 Palestinians had been killed in Israeli strikes since Friday. A little later he issued a second announcement, according to which the toll is 29 dead and 253 injured.

Alarm sirens sounded near Jerusalem

Alarm sirens sounded in the Jerusalem area today for the first time since the escalation of violence with the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said.

AFP journalists in Jerusalem also heard short explosions not far from where they were. In a brief statement, the army said sirens sounded “in the area around Jerusalem”, without giving further details.

Source: Capital

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