Nfter the targeted killing of a Palestinian militant leader in the Gaza Strip, rocket attacks on Israel continued on Saturday morning. Sirens could be heard in several cities in the south of the country, the military said. According to media reports, around 160 rockets have been fired at Israel since Friday. They fell on open ground or were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Warning sirens could also be heard in several Tel Aviv suburbs in the evening.
On Friday evening, Israeli forces killed the military chief of the extremist Palestinian organization Islamic Jihad (PIJ) in the Gaza Strip, Taisir al-Jabari. According to the military, the senior commander was responsible for numerous attacks from the Gaza Strip. Militant Palestinians responded with rocket fire. Islamic Jihad is classified as a terrorist organization by the EU and the US.
Israel’s large-scale military operation continued through the night. In the West Bank, there were 20 arrests in anti-terrorist raids, 19 of which were linked to Islamic Jihad, the military said on Saturday. In addition to military posts, several weapons production sites and rocket launchers were also attacked in the Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian sources, at least ten people were killed, including Al-Jabari, a five-year-old child and other PIJ members. At least 79 people were injured.
In 2019, Israel had already specifically killed Al-Jabari’s predecessor, 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.