IDF: Our fighter jets have begun striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza
HAPPENING NOW: Israeli fighter jets are bombing Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza following massive barrages of rockets launched at Israeli civilians after the elimination of Muslim terrorist Baha Abu al-Ata, the commander of the Islamic Jihad in northern Gaza and the assassination attempt of a senior Islamic Jihad terrorist in Damascus.
“Our fighter jets have begun striking Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted.
The Israeli cabinet approved a large airstrike campaign on Gaza. The campaign will be aimed only at Islamic Jihad terror targets, according to the Israeli statement which does not mention Hamas.
Earlier, an explosive-laden drone targeted Muslim terrorists as they changed rocket fire positions on a motorcycle in northern Gaza, eliminating one of them.
“Islamic Jihad is a terror group in Gaza. Its stated goal is the annihilation of Israel. Today they fired dozens of rockets into Israel. We watched as two Islamic Jihad operatives prepared to fire more rockets. We targeted them before they could target us”, the IDF said.
Arabs report that the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad rejected a ceasefire offer from Israel and expects a longer confrontation.
More than 160 rockets were launched by Muslim terrorists into Israel following the elimination of the senior Islamic Jihad terrorists.
An 8-year-old girl collapsed while running for shelter in Holon. She was evacuated to Wolfson hospital in serious condition.
The Home Front Command instructed residents of Gush Dan and southern Israel not to go to work that is not essential.
Residents in Israel’s central Dan and Yarkon regions were instructed not to congregate more than 300 people in closed spaces. “Non-essential jobs” are permissible provided readily accessible, standard shelters.
Gatherings of up to 100 people have been limited in southern Israel.
Schools will remain closed today in southern Israel, Gush Dan and Jerusalem. Over a million pupils are missing studies.