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Israeli forces kill top jihad commander in strike in Gaza | News



The Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has stated that one of its commanders was killed in an Israeli strike on his home in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The armed wing of the group announced the death in a statement on Tuesday after Israel confirmed it had targeted Baha'u Abu al-Ata, 42, in a strike.

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Islamic Jihad has stated that Al-Ata's wife was also killed in a blast that tore up a building in the city of Shejah dawn. At least two others were injured, according to medics.

In a statement, Islamic Jihad said that al-Ata had been subjected to a "heroic act" when he was killed without perfection, and promised to take revenge.

"Our inevitable revenge will shake the Zionist unit," he said, referring to Israel, adding that he was on "maximum alert."

In a separate statement, Hamas, the group that administers the Gaza Strip, said that Israel "was fully responsible for all the consequences of this escalation" and promised that Al-Ata's death "would not go unpunished."

"Hazardous escalation"

Harry Fawcett of al-Jazeera reporting from the West According to Jerusalem the killing of al-Ata in his home marks an "extremely dangerous escalation".

"Israel did not target leaders in this way, so this strike is seen here as one that carries significant risks.

Shortly after the Israel attack, a rocket volley was fired, witnesses said. later the Israeli military stated that air raid sirens sounded in central and southern parts of the country.

There was no immediate mention of casualties or damage to the other side.

The Israeli military stated that it was The apostle Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the operation against Al Ata, blaming it on the recent rocket, unmanned and sniper attacks against Israel and for trying to infiltrate Israel.

"Abu Al-Ata was responsible for most of Palestinian Islamic activity jihad in the Gaza Strip and was a bombing bomb, "the statement said, accusing Al-Ata of plotting" impending terrorist attacks by various means. "

  The killing of Gaza Baha'a Abu Al-Ata

A Palestinian Islamic jihad fighter is on guard at the scene of the Israeli attack. [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

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Al Jazeera and news agencies


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