Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of three top Islamic Jihad commanders and at least nine civilians, including four children.
According to Palestinian sources, Israeli airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of three top Islamic Jihad commanders and at least nine civilians, including four children. The operation elicited an immediate warning of vengeance from the terrorist organisation.
The airstrikes were the most recent event in a surge of violence that has lasted more than a year and included a number of Israeli military incursions, increasing settler violence in the occupied West Bank, and a wave of Palestinian street assaults against Israelis.
After the Gaza operation, military forces conducted a raid in Nablus, in the West Bank, which had been the focal point of months of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian rebels.
Following the murder of an Islamic Jihad hunger striker while being held in Israeli custody last week, there was a spate of cross-border shooting.
Israel claimed to have targeted three commanders of Islamic Jihad, a terrorist organisation supported by Iran that controls the second-largest armed network in Gaza and is listed on Western watch lists for terrorism.
Any significant escalation may depend on whether the governing Hamas terrorists in the enclave take part. According to Israel Katz, a minister in the security cabinet, such involvement would make the head of Hamas a target for murder.
Another indication that Israel was getting ready for a flare-up was when its foreign minister, Eli Cohen, said he would leave India early after seeing Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Israel’s “crime will not pass unpunished,” according to Tareq Selmi, a spokesperson for the Islamic Jihad.
“The bombardment will be met by bombardment, and the attack will be met by an attack,” he declared.
According to a health official in Gaza, the strikes on residential areas in the heavily populated strip, where 2.3 million Palestinians reside on a parcel of land of 365 square kilometres (140 square miles), resulted in at least 12 fatalities and 20 injuries.
A military spokeswoman for Israel said that the army was investigating claims of civilian fatalities but did not have any immediate comments.
He said during a conference with reporters, “We’re aware of some collateral and we’ll learn more as the day progresses.
Jihad Ghannam, Khalil Al-Bahtini, and Tareq Izzedeen were the leaders murdered, according to Islamic Jihad.
The military said that 40 planes were used in the “precise” attacks. A military spokeswoman remarked, “It was a convergence of intelligence, timing, and weather.”
The statement said that the group’s military installations and ten manufacturing facilities for weapons and infrastructure, including as facilities for rocket development and the fabrication of concrete for tunnels, were also attacked.
Children were seen walking down the street with their school bags as a column of armoured Israeli military vehicles arrived in Nablus, according to videos being around on social media that Reuters was unable to immediately confirm.
However, while the people of Gaza examined the devastation and were ready to bury their dead, it remained comparatively calm.
General Daniel Hagari, a spokesman for the Israeli military, claimed that Gaza’s goals had been accomplished. Additionally, a small-scale call-up of military reservists had been authorised.
Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, who divides his time between Qatar and Turkey, issued a statement that read: “Assassinating leaders will not bring the occupation security but more resistance.”
Videos showed trucks of firemen racing to a structure that had been struck as a little child who seemed puzzled was calmed by a medic as billowing smoke and flames lit up the night sky.
Palestinians used social media during the bombing to pay tribute to a well-known dentist who was slain at home with his wife in Tuesday’s airstrikes, praising him as a devoted friend and a modest guy.
One Palestinian was murdered after several hours of cross-border gunfire between Israel and armed organisations in Gaza last week as a result of Khader Adnan’s death in Israeli captivity after an 87-day hunger strike.
Since January, more than 100 Palestinians, at least 19 Israelis, and foreigners have died in the conflict.
The strike by Israel was severely denounced by the Palestinian foreign ministry, which also asserted that the only path to security and stability was via political negotiations. Like Hamas, Islamic Jihad advocates Israel’s destruction and rejects peaceful coexistence.
In a 1967 conflict, Israel conquered Gaza and the West Bank, territories that the Palestinians desire for an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The two COGAT crossings in Gaza have been declared closed to persons and products until further notice, according to COGAT, a division of the Israeli army ministry that administers civilian activities with Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Israel’s military advised residents in communities within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of Gaza to stay close to bomb shelters from 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday until 6 p.m. on Thursday in preparation for rocket fire in reaction to the deaths.