Maximum tension: Israel launches Operation Dawn and attacks targets in the Gaza Strip

GAZA CITY.- In an operation that raised the alert to the maximum in the Middle East, the israeli army reported this Friday that he launched attacks in the Gaza Strip against targets of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization that left at least 15 deadfaced with fears of reprisals from the Palestinian enclave for the arrest earlier this week of the leader of an armed group.

Shortly after the start of the attack, Islamic Jihad announced the death of one of its leaders, identified as Tayseer al-Jabari, who was the successor of Baha Abu al-Ata, who died in November 2019. That operation caused two days of clashes between the Israeli Army and Islamic Jihad, which left at least 34 members of the terrorist group dead and 111 wounded.

The body of a Palestinian in Gaza after the Israeli attack. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)MAHMUD HAMS – AFP

“The Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine and its military wing of the al-Quds Brigade mourn the death of the great jihadist commander Tayseer al-Jabari (Abu Mahmud), killed in a Zionist assassination in Gaza City,” a statement said. of the group.

In response and as the Israeli government had anticipated, Gaza began firing rockets in the Lachish area, near Ashkelon, and in southern Israeli cities.where the sirens were heard, according to the newspaper The Times of Israel.

Television images that circulated on social networks show the famous Israeli missile defense system, known as the Iron Dome, firing interceptor missiles at rockets coming from Gaza.

Israel attacked targets of terror groups in the Gaza Strip
Israel attacked targets of terror groups in the Gaza StripTwitter

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that so far 15 dead – including Al-Jabari and a 5-year-old girl – and at least 40 wounded for the Israeli attack.

In a first response to the IDF attacks, Islamic Jihad said that “the enemy has started a war against our people.” Its leader, Ziad al-Nakhalah, warned: “We are heading into battle, and there is no respite after this airstrike. The results of this war will be in favor of the Palestinian people. The enemy must expect a battle, not a truce.”

The transfer of the wounded in Gaza.  (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
The transfer of the wounded in Gaza. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)MAHMUD HAMS – AFP

Israeli forces “are currently attacking the Gaza Strip” with Operation Dawn, the Army had reported in a statement. Witnesses and Palestinian security sources told news agencies of several attacks, including one in central Gaza City. Later, Army spokesman Richard Hecht warned that the operation “is not over yet.”

In the same statement, the Israeli Army declares a call “special situation” on the domestic combat front, without giving further details.

An injured Palestinian is transferred in Gaza City.  (Photo by Mohammed ABED / AFP)
An injured Palestinian is transferred in Gaza City. (Photo by Mohammed ABED / AFP)MOHAMMED ABED – AFP

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) alerted residents up to 80 kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip, including Tel Aviv, that there is a risk of rocket fire.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa confirmed the beginning of the attacks, which have reached, among other targets, the Palestine Tower building in the Gazan neighborhood of Rimal.

The bombings this Friday came after a raid carried out on Monday by Israeli forces in a refugee camp in Jenin that resulted in the death of a Palestinian teenager and the arrest of Basam Saadi, a senior member of the Islamic Jihad, and his son-in-law Ashraf al-Jada. The organization promised retaliation after the operation.

Israeli strikes hit Gaza City.  (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
Israeli strikes hit Gaza City. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)MAHMUD HAMS – AFP

This morning, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visited the IDF Southern Command, following heightened tension along the border with the Gaza Strip for the fourth day in a row, over fears of an attack by the Islamic Jihad. The minister had warned that the threat posed by the terror group would be addressed.

A child injured in Gaza after Israel's attacks.  (Photo by ANAS BABA / AFP)
A child injured in Gaza after Israel’s attacks. (Photo by ANAS BABA / AFP)ANAS BABA – AFP

The batteries of the Iron Dome system were deployed throughout the south and center of the country before the launch of missiles against the Palestinian enclave.

Following the attack, Israel closed all Gaza crossings and some nearby routes for fear of retaliatory attacks by the Islamic Jihad group, which has a stronghold in Gaza.

A Palestinian firefighter puts out the flames after the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.  (Mohammed ABED / AFP)
A Palestinian firefighter puts out the flames after the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. (Mohammed ABED / AFP)MOHAMMED ABED – AFP
The damage in Gaza from the Israeli attack.  (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
The damage in Gaza from the Israeli attack. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)MAHMUD HAMS – AFP

Hamas spokesman Fauzi Barhum said Friday that Israel “has committed a new crime” after initiating a bombing operation against targets of the Islamic Jihad organization in the Gaza Strip. He also indicated in a statement that Israel “You must pay the price and take full responsibility,” while stressing that “the resistance, with all its military weapons and factions, are united in this battle.”

Gaza City: A wounded Palestinian is evacuated in an ambulance after an Israeli airstrike.
Gaza City: A wounded Palestinian is evacuated in an ambulance after an Israeli airstrike.Mohammed Talatene – dpa

On the other hand, the spokesman for Al-Fatah, Munther al-Hayek, denounced that the bombing of the Gaza Strip, as well as “attacking and intimidating unarmed civilians, is a new crime that adds to the crimes committed by the forces of Israeli occupation” against the Palestinian people. In this regard, he called on the international community and mediators to “immediately intervene to prevent the occupation from committing massacres,” according to a group statement published by the WAFA agency.

Palestinian women outside a hospital after the Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, on August 5, 2022.
Palestinian women outside a hospital after the Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, on August 5, 2022.SAID KHATIB – AFP

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