Published on: 08/05/2022 – 17:08Modified on: 08/05/2022 – 21:21 The Israeli army carried out strikes on the Gaza Strip on Friday targeting the armed group Islamic Jihad, which in return accused the Jewish state for wanting to “start a war” against the Palestinian people. According to the Israeli army, fifteen people are said to have died, including a child and a leader of the Islamic Jihad group, Palestinian health authorities say. Shortly after, the armed group claimed to have responded with “more than 100 rockets”. Israel launches new air offensive against Islamic Jihad in Gaza. The Jewish State army carried out several strikes on the Palestinian enclave on Friday, August 5, targeting Islamic Jihad and killing a high-ranking commander of the armed group, according to the latter, who accused Israel of wanting to “trigger a war” against the Palestinian people. The Israeli army estimates the number of dead at fifteen and stresses that what it calls a “preventive attack” is “not yet over”. The Ministry of Health in Gaza had for its part reported eight dead, “including a 5-year-old girl”, and one of its leaders, Taysir al-Jabari. The Israeli army “is striking the strip of Gaza” and the operation targets the Islamic Jihad organization, the army said in statements. Islamic Jihad announced shortly after that one of its leaders had been killed in one of the strikes. “The enemy has started a war against our people and we must collectively defend ourselves and our people, we will not allow the policies of our enemy to undermine our resistance,” Islamic Jihad said in a statement. Islamic Jihad said to have fired “more than 100 rockets” in “response”Rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, according to AFP journalists. This was confirmed by the Islamic Jihad group when it announced that it had fired “more than 100 rockets” from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. This would be its “first response” to Israeli strikes.” As a first response to the assassination of Commander-in-Chief Taysir al-Jabari and his martyred brothers, the Al-Quds brigades blanketed Tel Aviv, the cities central (Israel) and areas around Gaza more than 100 rockets,” the brigades said in a statement. Yavné and Lachish, in the north of the Palestinian territory. An Israeli operation against “an immediate threat” “Israel carried out a precise counterterrorism operation against an immediate threat,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on television after the strikes. “Islamic Jihad is a proxy for Iran that wants to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis. (…) We will do whatever it takes to defend our people.” A few hours before, several Palestinians were also injured in strikes in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, according to the health ministry of the ruling Islamist group Hamas. Witnesses and Palestinian security sources told AFP they saw several strikes, including one in the center of Gaza City. These raids come after the arrest, Monday, August 1, of a leader of Islamic Jihad in the occupied West Bank, Bassem Saadi. Israeli authorities feared retaliatory attacks from the Gaza Strip, an enclave controlled by Hamas Islamists where Islamic Jihad is well established. Shortly before the strikes, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed that the Israeli forces “were preparing for any action to be taken on all fronts, in the northern, central and southern regions of Israel”. “To our enemies, and especially to the leaders of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, I would like to emphasize: your time is running out. The threat (to southern Israel) will be eliminated one way or another,” he said. he said, according to a statement. Closure of border crossings The Israeli army ordered the closure of border crossings on Tuesday, forcing thousands of Gazans, holders of work permits in Israel, to stay at home. The shutdown has slowed the delivery of diesel fuel, usually trucked in from Egypt or Israel and needed to power Gaza’s power plant. director. About 50 people who normally leave the enclave daily for treatment have also been affected, according to the World Health Organization. The Jewish state has imposed a strict blockade since 2007 on Gaza, an enclave of 2.3 million inhabitants plagued by poverty and unemployment.Israel and armed groups in Gaza have fought several wars, the last of which was in May 2021. Israel’s last strikes on Gaza date back to July 19, when the Israeli army targeted a position of Hamas after a shot from the enclave. With AFP & Reuters
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