Israel kills Islamic Jihad leader

Air strikes kill commander responsible for rocket attacks and senior rocket maker.

    Islamic Jihad fighters surrounded the burnt out car, promising to exact revenge [EPA]

    An Israeli air strike destroyed a car in Gaza City on Monday night, killing commander Majed al-Harazeen and another fighter, the Islamic Jihad said. 

     

    "The assassination of the general commander will open the door wide to a wave of martyrdom operations," the group's al-Quds Brigades armed wing said.

     

    Related


    Palestinians win $7.4bn aid


    Paris conference analysis

    The car had been full of explosives and a huge explosion could be heard across the city.

     
    Hundreds of Islamic Jihad fighters gathered in the streets and fired into the air after the attack.
     
    Hours later, a second Israeli attack killed three other Islamic Jihad fighters, including the rocket maker, on the streets of Gaza City, the group said.
     
    An Israeli army spokeswoman said the attacks targeted fighters preparing to fire rockets at Israel.
     
    Medical workers said the attacks also wounded two bystanders.
     
    Islamic Jihad claims responsibility for most of the rocket attacks from Gaza against Israel and Israel accused al-Harazeen of being one of the key leaders behind those attacks.
     
    Palestinian officials said al-Harazeen, who had been on Israel's most wanted list for nine years, was the most senior commander to be killed in an Israeli strike in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in more than a year.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Russian and Syrian presidents meet to discuss strategy against 'terrorism' and political settlement options.

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    We talk to US Congressman Ro Khanna about power politics and debate Mohammed bin Salman's new strategy for the Kingdom.

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.