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Israel-Gaza: Death toll rises as Israel kills second top militant

Israel-Gaza: Death toll rises as Israel kills second top militant

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As the number of people killed by airstrikes in Gaza continues to grow, Israel has assassinated a second senior militant from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization.
32 Palestinians are said to have perished, including six children and a number of PIJ fighters, including its commanders Khaled Mansour and Tayseer Jabari.
An Israeli official reported that since Friday, about 600 Palestinian rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel.
Israel claims that the “immediate threat” from PIJ is why the operations were started.

Since an 11-day confrontation in May 2021 that resulted in more than 200 Palestinian deaths and a dozen Israeli fatalities, the most recent bloodshed between Israel and Gaza is the most violent outburst.
This most recent operation, code-named Breaking Dawn, might persist for a week, the Israeli military has warned.

For the first time since the conflict in 2021, Palestinian rockets launched from the Gaza Strip entered Jerusalem on Sunday.

After senior PIJ leader, Khaled Mansour was killed by Israel in an airstrike on a home in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza, the attacks took place.

The Israeli military had already attempted to kill the leader five times after learning that he was allegedly preparing violent attacks from Gaza.

Israel claims Israeli forces have struck a PIJ tunnel network and that in addition to airstrikes on Gaza, dozens of PIJ members have been detained in raids across the occupied West Bank.

The health ministry in Gaza attributed the deaths of Palestinians and the more than 200 persons who were injured to “Israeli assault.”

Israel said on Saturday that PIJ militants fired a stray rocket that killed numerous children in Jabalia, in the Gaza Strip, and claimed that at least part of the deaths were due to accident. The BBC was unable to independently confirm this assertion.

The largest militant organization in the region, Hamas, which frequently coordinates its operations with Islamic Jihad and has a similar ideology, does not appear to be launching rockets from its sizable rocket stockpile at this time.

Therefore, there are no reports of Israeli airstrikes directed at Hamas, which would indicate a rise in the level of hostility.

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