Sources said between eight and 15 people were killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip. Among them were children as well as commanders of Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations. Israel says it is a preemptive strike to prevent jihadists from retaliating after the arrest of one of their leaders earlier this week.

On Monday, Israeli forces detained Palestinian Islamic Jihad chief Bassem Saadi in the West Bank city of Jenin. Jihad then threatened an attack on Israel, and according to Israel, “preemptive strikes were carried out to deter Palestinian actions.”

Today, Israeli forces have indeed opened fire on many targets in the Gaza Strip, both in Gaza City and in the south. Some sources say that between eight and fifteen of him died. Among them is his Tayseer Al-Jaabari, a jihad commander, but an eight-year-old girl was also said to have been killed. About 40 Palestinians are also said to have been injured.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has warned that “we will not allow terrorist groups to set an agenda. We will eliminate anyone who seeks to harm Israel.” The removal of another jihadist leader seems very likely to lead to another clash, with Israel closing its border crossings with Gaza and deploying troops.

Another ‘Summer War’ in Gaza?

The Gaza Strip has been the scene of violent clashes between Israel and the Islamist groups that control it, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Five wars have been fought in recent years, mostly with rocket attacks from both sides.

An anti-missile battery in the port city of Ashdod in southern Israel.

Last summer, these shelling claimed the lives of 13 Israelis and 250 Palestinians. As usual, after some deadly shelling, a precarious ceasefire is concluded that lasts until the next surge of violence in the West Bank, Jerusalem, or elsewhere.

At the same time, Israel is in political crisis. His Prime Minister Yair Lapid, a former journalist and central politician, is in charge until the next elections in the fall. With a conservative, nationalist opposition led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud lurking, he cannot let himself be weak or spoiled. On the other hand, the jihad also seems unwilling to compromise, but it is mainly the Hamas movement that dominates Gaza.

Source: vrt


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