Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander; group vows revenge

Updated: Nov 13, 2019, 11:38 IST | Agencies | Gaza City

Gaza's Health Ministry said a man and a woman were killed in an airstrike at a house and two other people were wounded

Israeli firefighter trucks douse a burning factory in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, after it was reportedly hit with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Pic/ AFP
Israeli firefighter trucks douse a burning factory in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, after it was reportedly hit with rockets fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Pic/ AFP

Gaza City: Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza on Tuesday in a resumption of pinpointed targeting that threatens a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. Minutes after the Iranian-backed group confirmed the death of the commander, Bahaa Abu el-Atta, at dawn, barrages of rockets could be heard fired toward southern Israel from Gaza.

The Islamic Jihad said Abu el-Atta, 42, was undergoing "a heroic act" when he was assassinated. It did not elaborate, but vowed revenge. Gaza's Health Ministry said a man and a woman were killed in an airstrike at a house and two other people were wounded. The airstrike damaged the half of the second and most of the third floors of a house in the Shejaeya neighbourhood east of the city. In a statement, the Israeli military said Abu el-Atta was responsible for recent rocket attacks against southern Israel communities, instructed by Tehran.

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