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Rocket fire rained from the sky over the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. At least seven people died in the Gaza Strip and dozens more were injured every Tuesday. Among the dead was Bahaa Abu el-Atta, commander of a militant group in the Gaza Strip known as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. According to the Israel Defense Forces . The IDF announced early Tuesday that it had successfully attacked Abu el-Atta in an airstrike – a move that triggered a furious barrage from Gaza. According to the Israeli military, militants have retaliated by firing a series of rockets in Israel, where residents in the center of the country and in the south have fallen into shelters and schools closed under the lament of air raid sirens.
"He was a ticking bomb," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said of Abu El-Atta during a press conference on Tuesday that the militant leader was "in the midst of the short-term planning of further attacks".
This arch-terrorist was the main initiator of Gaza Strip terrorism. He initiated, planned and executed numerous terrorist attacks, "Netanyahu added – including" Hundreds of rockets in Gaza neighborhood communities. "The minister stated that he and the Israeli military and intelligence leaders were doing the operation 10 days ago However, they have waited for a "unique window of opportunity" to perform the action in optimal conditions with maximum chance of success and minimal chance of meeting uninvolved persons. "
Nevertheless, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports that the attack is not just Abu el-Atta and his wife, but also killed at least three other Palestinians. At least 45 more people in Gaza were reportedly injured, and at least 19 people in Israel were injured in the retaliation.
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Syria's state media agency reports that Israeli fighters fired missiles at a residential building in Damascus at about the same time as the Israeli raid on Gaza, in which SANA reports that two civilians have been killed and ten others injured. The attack on another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, allegedly did no harm to him, but killed his son and granddaughter.
Israel did not comment on the reported attack in Syria on Tuesday.
"Israel carried out two co-ordinated attacks: in Syria and the Gaza Strip, Khaled al-Batsh of Islamic Jihad declared in a declaration of war at a funeral for Abu-el-Atta in the Gaza Strip, the Reuters said, but other mourners had responded by blowing their arms and singing "Revenge!"
Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, Condemned Abu The murder of el-Atta in a series of statements on Tuesday constituted a "dangerous escalation and continuation of Israeli aggression and terrorism against the Palestinian people and resistance."
"Targeting an icon of the Palestinian resistance reveals the tentative intentions of the Israeli occupation, in a new fight against the Palestinian cons stand up to export its internal crises and establish new rules of engagement, "said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the organization, which the US and Israel consider a terrorist organization. 19659009] "This aggression will backfire in the face of Israeli occupation and its criminal leaders," he added. "The Israeli occupation has launched such an attack and therefore has to pay a price."
The spasm of cross-border violence, which has been the deadliest shock to the region for months, happens in Israeli domestic politics in a turbulent time.
Two confused elections this year have failed to break a stalemate between Netanyahu's Conservatives and the centrist blue-and-white party of his rival Benny Gantz. Just last month, Netanyahu admitted that he had not formed a new governing coalition, leaving the Gantz mandate. However, it is unclear whether Gantz will achieve greater success if both parties are almost equally represented in the law.
Even if he does not form a government, Israel has the prospect of holding a third election in less than three years than a year.