Civilians and fighters killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza

Civilians and fighters killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza

UPGRADE DAY

Israel continues Friday its strikes in the Gaza Strip against the Islamic Jihad organization, which it estimates to have killed fifteen fighters, while a dozen civilians including a child also died, according to the authorities of the Palestinian enclave. 

During this “preventive attack” against the Islamic Jihad, 15 fighters were killed, estimated after a first series of raids a military spokesman Israeli, Richard Hecht. He said the Jewish state expected rocket fire from Gaza into the center of the country.

In the evening, the army announced that it would continue its strikes, in particular to the east of Gaza City, according to witnesses.

Islamic Jihad, an organization considered terrorist by Israel, the European Union and the United States, confirmed the death of one of its leaders, Tayssir Al-Jabari.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza, for its part, reported ten dead, “including a girl from five years”, and 55 wounded.

“Eliminate the threat”

The first salvo of strikes notably targeted Khan Younis (south) and a residential area in the center of Gaza City, said witnesses and Palestinian security sources.

In Gaza, journalists from AFP saw the injured being evacuated by the emergency services, firefighters working to put out fires and residents crowding into morgues.

“The Zionist enemy started this aggression and must expect us to fight relentlessly… There will be no truce after this bombardment,” said Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziad al. -Nakhala, in an interview with the Lebanese television Al-Mayadeen, in Tehran, the Iranian capital.

“There will be no red lines in this battle (…) Tel-Aviv and other Zionist cities will be targets of the resistance's missiles,” he added.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Tayssir Al-Jabari in Gaza in the evening, noted a AFP team.

These raids on the territory of 2.3 million inhabitants, under Israeli blockade, come after the arrest Monday of an Islamic Jihad leader in the occupied West Bank, Bassem Saadi.

Since then, the Israeli authorities have feared reprisal attacks from Gaza, an enclave controlled by the Islamists of Hamas and where Islamic Jihad is well established. The army had deployed reinforcements to the area adjacent to the Palestinian territory, including tanks, roads were blocked and trains suppressed.

“To our enemies, and especially to the leaders of Hamas and Jihad Islamic Palestinian, I would like to insist: your time is running out. The threat (to southern Israel, editor’s note) will be eliminated one way or another,” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid assured him that the security forces would act “against Islamic Jihad terrorists to eliminate the threat they pose to the citizens of Israel”.

“Anyone who tries to harming Israel must know: we will find you,” he added.

Blockade

In Ramallah in the West Bank, the presidency Palestinians condemned “Israeli aggression” and held the Jewish state responsible for the “dangerous escalation”.

Israel has imposed a strict blockade since 2007 on Gaza, a micro-territory plagued by poverty and unemployment.

The Israeli army on Tuesday ordered the closure of border crossings, forcing thousands of Gazans, holders of work permits in Israel, to stay at home. This closure has slowed the delivery of diesel, necessary to supply the Gaza power plant.

This unique plant risks closing due to a lack of fuel, its director warned on Thursday.

Around 50 people who normally leave the enclave daily for treatment have also been affected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Israel's latest strikes on Gaza targeted , on July 19, a Hamas position after a shot from the enclave.

Israel and armed groups in Gaza have fought several wars, the last of which was in May 2021. On Amidst tensions that began in East Jerusalem, the 11-day war left 260 dead on the Palestinian side, including many combatants, and 13 dead in Israel, including a soldier, according to local authorities.