Islamic Jihad announces the death of one of its leaders in an Israeli strike on Gaza

The armed group says four people, including one of its leaders, were killed Friday in a raid on the Palestinian enclave. A 5-year-old girl also died.

Four people including the leader of the Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad and a child were killed Friday in an Israeli strike on the Gaza Strip, said the Ministry of Health and the Islamic Jihad organization.

“The number of martyrs has risen to four, including a five-year-old girl,” the health ministry said.

The Palestinian armed group announced the death of one of the leaders shortly before in a press release in Gaza City, while the Israeli army had indicated that it was targeting this organization in these raids on the Palestinian enclave.

“The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine and its armed wing the Al-Quds Brigades mourn the death of the great jihadist commander Tayseer Al-Jabari,” the organization reported.

Palestine accuses Israel of wanting to ‘start a war’

The Israeli army on Friday carried out strikes on the Gaza Strip targeting the armed group Islamic Jihad, which in return accused the Jewish state of wanting to “start a war” against the Palestinian people.

The Israeli army “is striking the Gaza Strip” and this operation targets the Islamic Jihad organization, the army said in statements.

“The enemy has started a war against our people and we must collectively defend ourselves and our people, we will not allow our enemy’s policies to undermine our resistance,” Islamic Jihad said in a statement.

Islamic Jihad leader arrested on Monday

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 the Islamists of Hamas where Islamic Jihad is well established.

Shortly before the strikes, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed that Israeli forces were “preparing for any action to be taken on all fronts, in the northern, central and southern regions of Israel.” .

The Israeli army on Tuesday ordered the closure of border crossings, forcing thousands of Gazans, holders of work permits in Israel, to stay at home. The shutdown slowed the delivery of diesel fuel, usually trucked in from Egypt or Israel and needed to power Gaza’s power plant.

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