In a Twitter post, the Israeli military said military planes were targeting Islamic Jihad strongholds in Gaza, “severely impacting the organization’s ability to develop its military capabilities.”
Islamic Jihad officials confirm that al-Jabari, who the Israeli military described as a key coordinator between Islamic Jihad and Hamas, was killed in an attack that hit several targets around the populated Strip. did.
Smoke rose from the building where al-Jaabari was believed to have been killed, glass and debris were scattered across the street, and ambulances rushed elsewhere.
As mourners prepared to hold funerals for those killed in the attack, hundreds of people with Palestinian flags marched through the streets of Gaza, forming queues outside bakeries and supermarkets, where people stocked up on food and supplies.
The strike comes after Israel arrested Bassam al-Saadi, a senior leader of the Islamic jihadist group, during a raid on the West Bank city of Jenin, which was occupied earlier this week.
It then closed all Gaza crossings and some nearby roads for fear of retaliation from groups that would further restrict movement of Palestinians.
The Israeli military said Defense Minister Benny Gantz had approved a plan to call up 25,000 reservists after the airstrike, suggesting Israel expected a long-running confrontation.
In an interview with Al Mayadeen TV, a pro-Iranian Lebanese channel, Islamic Jihad leader Ziad al-Nakhala vowed revenge for the strike.
“There will be no red line in this battle, and Tel Aviv, like all Israeli cities, will fall under the rockets of resistance,” he said.
“The blood of our people and the Mujahideen will not be wasted,” Hamas’ armed wing said in a statement.
Tor Wensland, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, has warned that a “dangerous” escalation risks creating a need for more aid at a time when global resources are stretched by other conflicts. .
“The rocket launch must be stopped immediately and we call on all sides to avoid further escalation,” he said.
Egypt said it was acting as an intermediary between Israel and the Palestinians.
One Palestinian extremist group, the Islamic Jihad, was founded in Gaza in the 1980s to oppose political dialogue with Israel. It is considered close to Iran and is separate from Hamas, although it generally works closely with Hamas.
An Israeli military spokesperson said authorities expected a rocket attack on the heart of Israel, but said the Iron Dome anti-missile battery was operational. He said special measures were imposed on an area of Israel 80 kilometers from Gaza.
He said the plan to allow fuel trucks into Gaza to keep the region’s only power plant running was a last minute move as intelligence services picked up on moves that indicated an attack on an Israeli target was imminent. said it was withdrawn.
Fuel shortages will lead to more blackouts in Gaza, where residents already have only 10 hours of electricity a day, hurting economies in regions that rely on foreign aid and still struggle to recover from past wars. Hit more.
Gaza, a small strip of land with about 2.3 million people living in a 365-square-kilometer patch, has been a constant point of conflict since Hamas ruled. Israel has fought her five conflicts with Gaza since 2009.
The area has been in lockdown since then, with Israel and Egypt severely restricting the movement of people and goods in and out.
“We still haven’t rebuilt what Israel destroyed a year ago. People didn’t even have time to breathe and here Israel is attacking again for no reason. said Mansur Mohammad Ahmed, 43, a farmer in central Gaza.
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