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Response to killing of extremist leader: Palestinian militants fire more than 100 rockets at Israel


Israel kills a Palestinian militia leader, the extremists respond with massive rocket fire at Israel. Secretary of Defense Gantz mobilizes thousands of reservists.

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Rockets are fired from Gaza City towards Israel

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Numerous rockets have been fired at Israel after the targeted killing of a militant Palestinian leader in the Gaza Strip.

Sirens could be heard in several cities as far south as the coastal city of Tel Aviv on Friday night.

According to Israeli media reports, the rockets landed in open areas or were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

The city of Tel Aviv has reportedly opened air raid shelters fearing further rocket attacks.

Israeli forces had earlier killed the military chief of the militant organization Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip, Tayseer al-Jabari.

According to the military, the senior commander was responsible for numerous rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and planned attacks on civilians.

Islamic Jihad is classified as a terrorist organization by the EU and the US (read more here).

After the targeted killing of al-Jabari, Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the mobilization of 25,000 reservists.

According to dpa, his office confirmed this on Friday evening.

According to the military, the decision was made after assessing the security situation.

Extremist group speaks of more than 100 rockets on Israel

The Palestinian group Islamic Jihad said on Friday it had fired rockets at Israel in retaliation for the airstrikes.

"In a first response to the assassination of leader Tayseer al-Jabari, the Jerusalem Brigades fired more than 100 rockets at Tel Aviv and the cities in central and around Gaza," the group's armed wing said in a statement Reuters reports.

"We are attacking Tel Aviv and the cities in the center and the surrounding area with more than 100 rockets," said the military arm of the organization late Friday evening, according to dpa.

According to Palestinian sources, at least ten people were killed in the large-scale Israeli military operation involving several airstrikes, including al-Jabari, a five-year-old child and other PIJ members.

At least 75 people were injured.

Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid said on Friday evening: "Israel is not interested in a broad operation in Gaza, but is not afraid of it either."

In 2019, Israel had already specifically killed al-Jabari's predecessor, jihadi military chief Baha Abu al-Ata.

This was followed at the time by massive rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israeli locations and counterattacks by the Israeli Air Force in the coastal strip.

After a few days, a ceasefire was agreed with the help of Egyptian and United Nations negotiators.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2022-08-05

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