GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli jets pounded militant targets in Gaza early Saturday as rockets rained on southern Israel, hours after a wave of Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave killed at the least 10 individuals, together with a senior militant and a 5-year-old lady.
The preventing that started Friday with Israel’s dramatic focused killing of a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad continued all through the evening, drawing the edges nearer to an all-out warfare.
However the territory’s Hamas rulers appeared to remain on the sidelines of the battle, maintaining its depth considerably contained, for now. Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have fought 4 wars and several other smaller battles over the past 15 years at a staggering value to the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents.
The newest spherical of Israel-Gaza violence was sparked by the arrest this week of a senior Islamic Jihad chief within the West Financial institution, a part of a month-long Israeli army operation within the territory. Citing a safety menace, Israel then for days sealed roads across the Gaza Strip and on Friday took out the militant chief in a focused strike.
Goldenberg reported from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.