TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement responded by firing rockets towards Israel after one of its commanders was killed in an Israeli air raid on his home in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Islamic Jihad’s armed wing announced the killing of Bahaa Abu al-Ata in a statement on Tuesday after Israel confirmed it had targeted the 42-year-old commander.
Separately, the Palestinian group said that Israel also attacked the home of one of its political leaders in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Islamic Jihad said al-Ata’s wife was also killed in the blast that ripped through the building in Gaza City’s Shejaiya district before dawn. At least two others were wounded, according to medics.
The group said al-Ata was killed during “a heroic action”, without elaborating, and promised to take revenge.
“Our inevitable retaliation will rock the Zionist entity,” it said.
Shortly after the attack, dozens of rockets were launched towards Israel as air raid sirens sounded across southern and central parts of the occupied territories, occupied territories, the Israeli military said, Al Jazeera reported.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Israeli police said they closed some roads on the edge of Gaza as a precaution, while crossing points between Israel and Gaza were also closed. Schools and some ministries in Gaza were also shuttered, Fawcett said.