On Friday, at least 15 people were killed by Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, including a child and a leader of the armed Islamic Jihad group, the Israeli army and Gaza’s health ministry said. Islamic Jihad vowed revenge.
Crossfire. After bombarding the Gaza Strip with several strikes, the Israeli army put the death toll at 15 people. The Gaza ministry, for its part, reported eight people dead, including a five-year-old girl and one of the leaders of the Islamic Jihad, Tayssir-Al-Jabari.
While the Israeli army claimed that its operations were not over, Islamic Jihad guaranteed that it would take revenge and target Israeli towns with “resistance missiles”.
“The Zionist enemy started this aggression and must expect us to fight relentlessly…there will be no truce after this bombardment,” said Ziad al-Nakhala, the secretary general of Islamic Jihad. during a television interview in Tehran. He also threatened to target Tel Aviv.
Rockets were thus fired in response, from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, noted AFP journalists in the Palestinian enclave.
Israel wants to eliminate the threat
For his part, it was in a press release that the Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, promised: “To our enemies, and particularly to the leaders of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, I would like to insist: your time is running out. The threat will be eliminated one way or another.”
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid also spoke out, assuring that the country’s security forces would “act against Islamic Jihad terrorists to eliminate the threat they pose to the citizens of Israel.” He added that anyone who attacks the Hebrew state will be found.
These Israeli raids come after the arrest last Monday of the leader of Islamic Jihad, Bassem Saadi, who was in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli authorities then feared reprisals from Gaza, which is now under the control of Islamists from Hamas, because of the significant presence of Islamic Jihad in Palestine.