In northern Gaza an Israeli attack murdered Bahaa Abu el-Atta along with his wife, putting off a barrage of rockets, some of which attained up to the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad pledged additional revenge.
The Israeli army says Abu el-Atta has been the mastermind of recent strikes against it, and accountable for a lot of the rocket, sniper, and drone from the area.
The IDF said its”Iron Dome” airborne defense system was intercepted about 20 rockets. Schools and businesses are closed across southern Israel.
“The barrage of rockets being fired from Islamic Jihad at #Gaza at Israeli civilians following our surgical attack in their commander shows precisely why he had been targeted at the first position,” that the Israel Defense Forces stated on Twitter.
A spokesman for the militant group Hamas, which conducts Gaza, cautioned that Israel’s actions could provoke violence.
“The Zionist enemy’s assassination of the leader Mujahid Bahaa Abu al-Atta dangerous escalation, along with the continuation of this set of aggression and criminality from our people and its valiant resistance,” said Fawzi Barhoum.
He lived but Islamic Jihad claimed the attack killed one of his sons.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is supposed to provide a press conference Tuesday morning.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters that Abu el-Atta had been a”ticking time bomb,” stating he was responsible for several rocket attacks on southern Israel and maintained he was planning new strikes.
“We basically throughout the previous week have been awaiting the opportune moment to run this surgical attack,” he explained.
Conricus added the airstrike was completed using a warplane that ruined just the floor of this building where Abu el-Atta was concealing to minimize”collateral damage”
Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 but retains it under a blockade, citing safety issues. Aid officials warn that the 2 million Palestinians residing in the thin strip of property confront impending humanitarian collapse.