Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel neutralised an Islamic Jihad commander, who was believed to have masterminded brutal attacks on Israel. After that, continuous rocket attacks were launched on Israel for the next six hours with Gaza firing nearly 150 rockets that landed on highways and civilian settlements. Israel provided details of the attacks and announced launching new attacks on the terrorist bases in the Gaza Strip.
Israel carried out an airstrike in Gaza’s Shejaia early morning on Tuesday. The Israel military, and the internal security agency, the Shin Bet informed that the Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata was killed in the airstrike. The airstrikes were carried out jointly by the two agencies. Baha was the top leader of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza and had ordered all the rocket attacks in Israel over the last few months.
At the same time, the Israel military informed that Baha had planned to target the Israeli cities with more destructive rockets. The Islamic Jihad’s motive behind the attacks on Israel was to disrupt the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Also, Baha was conspiring to ignite a war by provoking Israel. Therefore, the Israel military is claimed to have delivered a significant blow to Islamic jihad with the assassination of Baha.
Gaza fired a barrage of 150 rockets into Israel after the Israeli military action. The rockets landed in the Eshkol, Kissufim, Ein Hashlosha and Nirim regions in southern Israel. However, the Israeli military affirmed the Iron Dome battery had neutralised nearly 60 of the rockets. Long and short-range missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip, and a child was reportedly injured in the attack in Israel.
The Israeli fighter jets are continuously retaliating to Gaza’s rocket attacks. An Israeli drone targeted a terrorist base in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon. The Israel military briefed that one terrorist was killed in the attack on a group that was preparing to strike Israel with rockets. Later, the Israeli fighter jets launched counterattacks on Gaza late on Tuesday.
After the clashes, Israel sent a message to Hamas through a third party. The message included a warning to Hamas stating that the Israeli action targeted the Islamic Jihad thereby asking Hamas not to get involved in the conflict, Israel army spokesman Jonathan Conricus informed.