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Senior Islamic Jihad member killed in airstrike

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JERUSALEM (News Agencies) – A senior commander of Gaza Strip militant group Islamic Jihad has been killed in an Israeli air strike, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Tuesday.In Damascus, Syria says another Israeli air strike killed at least two people including the son of Islamic Jihad leader, Akram al-Ajouri.

The developments serve to escalate significantly tensions between Israel and Gaza militants. Baha Abu al-Ata was killed in the overnight strike on a house in Shajaiyah, in Gaza City. His wife Asma Abu Al-Ata was also killed, while seven others — including children — were injured, Palestinian Ministry of Health officials said.

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Abu al-Ata was responsible for rocket fire from Gaza in recent months, the Prime Minister’s Office said shortly after the strike, as well as planning numerous other attacks against Israel.
Islamic Jihad vowed to avenge the killing, saying in a statement: “The response to this crime will have no limits … the occupation will be the one responsible for this aggression.”
Islamic Jihad leader, Khaled al-Batsh, said at a press conference Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “will pay a high price.”

Information shows us that Several Western countries, including the United States, consider Islamic Jihad a terror organization. Islamic Jihad is the second largest militant group in Gaza after Hamas,Israel holds the group responsible for many rocket attacks launched from Gaza.The Palestinian group is supported by Iran, and has close relations with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.


 The Yucatan Times

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