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Barrage of rockets fired at Israel after Jewish forces kill Islamic Jihad commander, wife

As many as 190 rockets have been fired from Gaza since Tuesday morning in retaliation

Tuesday November 12, 2019 11:20 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies


Gaza Rockets Hit Israel

[People carry the dead body of 25-year-old Palestinian Zaki Mohammed Adnan Ghanama, who was killed in an Israeli air attack at the morgue of Indonesian Hospital in Gaza City (Photo: Ramez Habboub/Anadolu)]

Occupied Jerusalam/Gaza: A barrage of rockets were launched Tuesday at different parts of Israel after the Jewish forces killed top commander of Islamic Jihad and his wife in an air-raid Monday.

As many as 190 rockets have been fired from Gaza since Tuesday morning in retaliation. At least 05 Palestinians have been killed and some 17 Israelis were injured in the latest escalation between the Palestinians and Israeli forces, local media reported.

Baha Abu Al Ata, a senior commander of Islamic Jihad, and his wife Asmaa died in an Israeli airstrike on their home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, officials said, Efe news reported.

Israel carried out further strikes that left two Palestinians Mohammed Attiyah Musleh Hammouda, 20, and Zaki Ghanama, 25, dead.

They were killed in a series of Israeli bombings which, according to military sources, targeted Islamic Jihad positions including rocket-launching units in the northern part of the area, a military training complex, and sites where armament was manufactured and stored.

Ashraf al Qedra, spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, said another 25 people were injured in the attacks.

The Israeli Defence Force said it carried out a "surgical strike" on a property in Gaza, targeting Abu Al Ata. "Al Ata was directly responsible for hundreds of terror attacks against Israeli citizens and soldiers," the IDF said.

In a statement, Islamic Jihad said Israel had crossed "a red line". Alleged members of the Palestinian Islamist group responded to the Israeli military action with a barrage of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.

Anti-aircraft sirens could be heard in southern and central Israel, forcing the closure of educational centres and other security measures.

The IDF said the militants had launched approximately 50 rockets, roughly 20 of which had been intercepted by Israeli's Iron Dome defence system.

Conricus said: "Alarms have now sounded in Modiin, an Israeli city of 90K, which is more than 70km from Gaza, in what appears to be a serious escalation by Islamic Jihad. Iron Dome has so far performed well. IDF remains ready to defend our civilians against terror threats."

In a similar incident on Tuesday morning another commander of Islamic Jihad was targeted in Damascus.

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