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Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

/ 01:54 PM November 12, 2019
Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Palestinians check the damage of a house targeted by Israeli missile strikes in Gaza City, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The Israeli military says it has struck a Gaza City house, targeting a commander from the Islamic Jihad group in a resumption of pinpointed killing. The Iranian-backed Palestinian group confirmed Tuesday that Bahaa Abu el-Atta, it’s north Gaza Strip commander, was killed. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza early 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.

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The Islamic Jihad said Abu el-Atta, 42, was undergoing “a heroic act” when he was assassinated. It did not elaborate but vowed revenge.

This resumption of targeted killings comes just a couple of days after Naftali Bennet was named Israeli defense minister. Bennet has been clamoring for a more aggressive stance toward Gaza.

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Gaza’s Health Ministry said a man and a woman were killed in an airstrike at a house and two other people were wounded. Relatives said the woman was Abu el-Arya’s wife and the wounded were their children.

The airstrike damaged half of the second and most of the third floors of a house in the Shejaeya neighborhood 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. It added that his “next attack was imminent.”

However, Israel often says Hamas, the larger militant group controlling Gaza, is responsible for any fire emanating from the enclave.

Since Hamas took over Gaza by force in 2007 from the internationally backed Palestinian Authority, Israel and Gaza militants fought three wars – with the third in 2014 lasting for 50 days as it is the deadliest and most destructive.

Short-but-frequent spasms of violence have occurred, the latest earlier this month when about 10 projectiles were fired at Israel, which accused Abu el-Atta of being behind them.

Since the 2014 war, Israel has mostly refrained from targeted assassinations of senior Gaza militants but did so one time in May, Israeli airplanes killed a Hamas commander and financial broker in a car traveling in Gaza City during a three-day exchange of fire. /kga

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