At least 10 dead as Israel unleashes deadly missile against ‘imminent threat’ in Gaza

Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes in Gaza on Friday targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group that left at least 10 people dead, including a senior militant.

Israel said the strike was a response to an “imminent threat” following the arrest of another high-ranking militant in the occupied West Bank earlier this week.

Palestinian militants returned fire and fired a barrage of rockets into Israel hours later, pushing both sides closer to another total war.

Footage broadcast by Israeli TV channels captured a series of missiles lighting up the sky as explosions sounded and air raid sirens sounded in central and southern Israel as darkness fell.

The Islamic Jihad militant group claimed to have fired more than 100 rockets at Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv.

Mourners carry the body of Taiseer al-Jabari, who was killed in Israeli airstrikes at his apartment in Gaza City on August 5, 2022.
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Islamic Jihad Commander Tayseer al-Jabari
Islamic Jihad commander Tayseer al-Jabari was among the victims.
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The Israeli Ambulance Service said there were no immediate reports of casualties in the country.

It came after Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a televised address that his country launched the initial attack to target the Islamic Jihad group because of what he described as ‘concrete threats’. .

The strikes came after Israel arrested Bassam al-Saadi, a senior leader of the Islamic Jihad group, in a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin earlier this week.

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A five-year-old girl was killed in the strikes.
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Footage shows smoke billowing from a building on the seventh floor immediately after a huge explosion was heard in Gaza City on Friday afternoon. Video released by the Israeli military showed new strikes blowing up three guard towers with suspected militants inside.

In a nationally televised address Friday night, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said his country launched the attacks based on “concrete threats”.

“This government has a policy of zero tolerance for any attempted attack – of any kind – from Gaza into Israeli territory,” Lapid said. “Israel will not sit idly by when there are those who try to harm its civilians.”

Mourning Palestinians carry the bodies of victims killed earlier in an Israeli airstrike, during their funeral in Gaza City.
Mourning Palestinians carry the body of one of the victims killed earlier in an Israeli airstrike, during their funeral in Gaza City.
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Streaks of light are seen as Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on August 6, 2022.
Streaks of light are seen as Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepts rockets launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on August 6, 2022.
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He also added that “Israel is not interested in a wider conflict in Gaza, but it will not shy away from it either.”

Among those killed in the strikes on Gaza were the 5-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman, the Palestinian health ministry said.

An Israeli official said a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Tayseer al-Jabari, and about 15 “terrorists” were also among the victims. The official death toll of militants has not been verified.

Footage shows an Islamic Jihad observation post targeted by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip on August 5, 2022.
Footage shows an Islamic Jihad observation post targeted by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip on August 5, 2022.
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An Islamic Jihad official confirmed that al-Jaabari, whom the Israeli army described as the main coordinator between Islamic Jihad and Hamas, was killed in the strikes.

“Israel conducted a precise counterterrorism operation against an immediate threat,” said the Israeli Prime Minister, pledging to do “whatever it takes to defend our people.”

“Our fight is not with the people of Gaza. Islamic Jihad is an Iranian proxy that wants to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis.

Palestinian mourners
Israel and Hamas are now perhaps closer to all-out war.
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Israel and the militant Hamas leaders of Gaza have fought four wars and several other small battles over the past 15 years.

The latest strikes came just over a year after the outbreak of an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in May 2021 that left at least 250 dead in Gaza and 13 in Israel.

With post wires

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