Gaza: Palestinian commander killed as Israel strikes after militant threatson August 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm

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It is one of the most serious outbreaks of violence between Israel and Gaza for over a year.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza (24/06/22)Image source, EPA

The Israeli military says it is attacking targets in the Gaza Strip in response to threats from a Palestinian militant group there.

A leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) has been killed, the group says.

It follows days of tensions after Israel arrested a senior PIJ member in the occupied West Bank.

The Gaza-based PIJ had threatened to retaliate, including bombing the centre of Israel.

Shortly before the operation began, Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz issued a warning, saying: “To our enemies, and specifically to the leadership of [Gaza’s rulers] Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, I would like to emphasise: your time is up. The threat [on this region] will be removed one way or another.”

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