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At least 10 people died Israeli airstrikes in Gazaincluding a senior commander in the Palestinian Authority.
Local health officials said a girl was among the dead and dozens of people were injured.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the attack had taken place Responding to an “immediate threat”. By Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Following the arrest of one of its key leaders this week.
YIP overfired 100 rockets against Israel “A preliminary response”.
Most of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome shield. Warning sirens were activated in several cities.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it resumed attacks on Friday night targeting Palestinian militant positions.
In a televised address, Lapid explained that “Israel has carried out a precise counter-terrorist operation against an immediate threat”.
One of the hit YIP sites Palestine TowerOne of the tallest buildings in Gaza City was hit by a strong explosion and plumes of smoke.
According to Palestinian health officials, four YIP fighters, including Taysir Jabari, and a 5-year-old girl have been killed since the attacks began.
Another 55 people were injured.
An Israeli military spokesman said the IDF estimated “about 15” Palestinian fighters were killed.
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked said: “We don’t know how this will happen, but it may take time… This could be a long and difficult conflict“.
Speaking during a visit to the Iranian capital, Tehran, YIP Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakala said we would respond “with force” to this aggression.
“There will be a struggle that our people will win,” he continued. “There are no red lines to this war… and Tel Aviv will be under rockets from the opposition“.
Meanwhile, Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, said the militants were “united” in the battle and would not rest.
Basem caste arrested
On Monday night, Israel was arrested Bassem SadieConsidered leader of the YIP in the West Bank.
He was detained in the Jenin area as part of a series of operations following a wave of attacks by Israeli Arabs and Palestinians that killed 17 Israelis and two Ukrainians.
Two of the attackers were from Jenin district.
Since Saadi’s arrest, Israel has stepped up security measures for communities near its border with Gaza, which the PIJ warned was intended to target civilians and soldiers.
Road closures have paralyzed towns and villages in southern Israel.
YIP, it is calculated With the support of IranIt is based in the Syrian city of Damascus and is one of the strongest militant groups in Gaza.
The group has been responsible for several attacks, including rocket attacks and shootings against Israel.
After Israel killed a Palestinian commander in November 2019, Israel and the PIJ engaged in a five-day standoff.
Quit violence 34 Palestinians were killed and 111 injuredwhen 63 Israelis were hospitalized.
Israel said 25 of the Palestinians killed were terrorists, including those who were ready to launch rockets.
Report on Yolande Knell Inside Jerusalem, Rafi Berg London. Additional reporting by Yaroslav Lukov.
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