“There will be no red lines in this battle (…) Tel Aviv and other Zionist cities will be targets of resistance missiles,” threatened Islamic Jihad. The organization promised Friday that it would take revenge and target Israeli cities after the Jewish state raids on the Gaza Strip, in which a leader of this Palestinian armed Islamist group was killed.
“The Zionist enemy started this aggression and must expect us to fight relentlessly (…) There will be no truce after this bombardment,” Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziad al-Nakhala said in a statement. an interview with Lebanese television Al-Mayadeen, in Tehran, the Iranian capital.
Visiting Iran, the main backer of Islamic Jihad held talks with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and other Islamic Republic officials. He called on his fighters and activists from all Palestinian factions to fight “as one” in the face of Israeli “aggression”.
A girl killed
The Israeli army put the number of dead in its raids on Gaza at 15, adding that its operations were not over. The Ministry of Health in Gaza has reported eight dead, including civilians and “a five-year-old girl”, and one of the leaders of Islamic Jihad, Tayssir Al-Jabari. The raids come after the arrest on Monday of an Islamic Jihad leader in the occupied West Bank, Bassem Saadi.
The Israeli authorities feared reprisal attacks from the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by Hamas Islamists and under Israeli blockade, where Islamic Jihad is well established.