Ankur Chatterjee: Palestinian terrorists on Saturday fired rockets towards Israeli cities, quashing a period of relative calm along the border that had existed over a year. Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip in retaliation to Palestinian terrorists firing rockets at Israeli cities.
On Friday, Israel claimed that as part of a special operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group, they had bumped-off its senior commanders in a sudden daytime air-strike on a high-rise building in Gaza Strip.
Nine Palestinians were killed and 79 injured in the Israeli strikes, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. At least four Islamic Jihad terrorists and a child were killed.
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) claimed it had remanded 19 Islamic Jihad terrorists during overnight arrest raids in the West Bank area.
According to the military, Palestinian terrorists fired at least 160 rockets over the border, some of them deep into Israel toward Tel Aviv, the commercial hub of the country. There were a few light injuries among those who fled to shelters after missiles were intercepted.
As per a Palestinian official, “Egypt, the United Nations, and Qatar had begun arbitrating an end to this age-old violence, but they haven’t reached a breakthrough yet.”
“We call on the international community to intervene and provide protection for our people,” stated Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh on Twitter.
Further escalation would be largely determined by Hamas, the Islamic terrorist organisation that rules in Gaza, and its decision to join the battle.
Tensions heightened this week after Israeli forces detained an Islamic Jihad commander in the West Bank, prompting the group to threaten revenge.
According to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, the attacks on Friday prevented an immediate and actual attack by Islamic Jihad. The border had been mainly peaceful since May 2021, when Israel and terrorists clashed for 11 days, killing at least 250 people in Gaza and 13 in Israel.
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