IDF eliminates Islamic Jihad rocket commander just hours before ceasefire goes into effect
A senior Islamic Jihad commander was eliminated in an overnight strike that targeted a house in Deir al-Balah, just a few hours before an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between Israel and the terror group went into effect.
Muslim terrorist Rasmi Abu Malhous, head of the Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit was eliminated along with six family members when the IDF bombed his house in central Gaza.
“After massive rocket fire from Gaza at Israel, we have just renewed attacks against Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted shortly after some 40 rockets were fired at southern and central Israel.
“Our Air Force recently struck a number of Islamic Jihad terror targets in Gaza. We are highly prepared to continue operating as necessary against all attempts to harm Israeli civilians”, the IDF tweeted later.
According to the IDF, an Islamic Jihad command center and a naval training site and a site for rocket launchers were targeted.
Yesterday, the Air Force targeted Islamic Jihad’s production of long-range rockets and warheads in Gaza, including its stores of raw materials.
Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza reported 34 terrorists eliminated and 111 wounded during two days of Israeli retaliatory strikes.
Israel intends to continue its policy of eliminating Muslim terrorists in Gaza with direct strikes, Foreign Minister Israel Katz said.
“Israel will harm anyone who tries to harm it,” Katz told Army Radio.
The rocket barrages were triggered by the targeted elimination of Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Atta in a predawn Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted 90 percent of more than 400 rockets launched by Muslim terrorists from Gaza.
“The IDF operated decisively and precisely against Islamic Jihad in Gaza until quiet returned to the skies above Israel. Quiet will be met with quiet. We will continue to protect the people of Israel and are prepared for any threat on all fronts”, the IDF tweeted Thursday morning.