An Israeli airstrike killed top leaders Khaled Mansour and Tayseer Jabari of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in Gaza, according to agency reports.
The latest flare-up between Israel and Gaza saw hundreds of Palestinian rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel since Friday, according to Israeli officials.
Israel says it launched the ‘Operations Breaking Dawn’ due to ‘immediate threats’ from the PIJ.
Senior PIJ leader Khaled Mansour was killed in an air strike on Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza on Saturday night.
Mr. Mansour was the southern Gaza counterpart of Tayseer Jabari, the PIJ’s commander in northern Gaza, who was reportedly killed in an Israeli airstrike on Friday.
As well as air strikes on Gaza, arrest raids have been conducted by Israel in the occupied West Bank.
photo. The pair were killed in separate Israeli airstrikes on August 5 and 6, 2022. (Ashraf Amra/Courtesy)
The Israel Defense Forces struck and killed a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, military officials said.
Khaled Mansour was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Palestinian city of Rafah, according to officials. The terror group confirmed his death in a statement on Sunday morning.
The Israeli air force has conducted numerous strikes in Gaza targeting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group as part of the operation launched Friday to tackle what Israeli leaders said was an immediate concrete threat by the PIJ to Israeli communities.
The operation was launched after several days of closures and lockdowns in Israeli communities near the Strip due to the alert of an imminent attack, with the PIJ seeking to avenge the arrest of its West Bank leader earlier in the week.
Israeli leaders said the operation was started because the PIJ had refused to back down from its plans to attack Israeli targets at the border.
Gaza’s health ministry said Saturday that the death toll from the latest violence in the territory had risen to 24, including six children.
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