Salvos of rockets were fired this Friday from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, after Israeli strikes targeting the armed group Islamic Jihad in the Palestinian enclave where fighters and civilians, including a child, died.
“More than 100 rockets” were launched by the Al-Quds brigades towards Israeli soil, shots presented by this armed wing of Islamic Jihad as a “first response” to the Israeli strikes which notably killed one of the leaders of the group, Tayssir Al- Jabari.
At least ten dead, including a girl
Warning sirens sounded in several localities in southern Israel, but no information was immediately available about possible victims.
The Israeli army estimated that it had killed 15 Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza in its strikes that began in the afternoon and continued into the evening.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported ten dead, “including a five-year-old girl”, and 55 injured.
A “preemptive attack” by Israel
The Jewish state presented its raids as a “preemptive attack” against Islamic Jihad, according to an Israeli military spokesman, Richard Hecht.
“Israel conducted a precise counterterrorism operation against an immediate threat,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on television. “Islamic Jihad is a proxy for Iran that wants to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis. (…) We will do whatever it takes to defend our people,” he added.
“There will be no red lines in this battle”
“The Zionist enemy started this aggression and should expect us to fight relentlessly,” Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ziad al-Nakhala said in an interview with Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV. Tehran, the Iranian capital.
“There will be no red lines in this battle (…) Tel Aviv and other Zionist cities will be targets of resistance missiles,” he added.
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