More than 100 rockets were fired at Israel after deadly strikes in Gaza

Israeli forces continued to bombard Gaza, and Islamic Jihad launched rockets at the Jewish state in the early hours of Saturday morning.

By 4:30 a.m. (local time), warnings of airstrikes and Israeli raids had subsided, at least temporarily.

Friday,Missiles “,” text “:” more than 100 missiles “}}”>More than 100 missiles By the Al-Quds Brigades towards Israeli territory, shots were provided by this military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement as first answer The Israeli strikes notably killed one of the group’s leaders, Taysir al-Jabari.

Sirens sounded in several areas in southern Israel, but there was no immediate information on possible casualties.

The Israeli army estimated that it killed 15 Islamic Jihad fighters in Gaza in its raids that began in the afternoon and continued into the evening.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced the death of ten people. Including a five-year-old girland 55 wounded.

preemptive attack

The Jewish state presented its raids as a preemptive attack Against Islamic Jihad, according to Israeli military spokesman Richard Hecht.

Israel conducted a precise counter-terror operation against an immediate threatIsraeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said on television. Islamic Jihad is an Iranian proxy that wants to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis. […] We will do whatever it takes to defend our peoplehe added.

The first shots significantly targeted a residential area in the center of Gaza City. journalists fromFrance Press agency He witnessed the evacuation of the wounded by the emergency services and firefighters working to put out the fires and the crowds in the morgues.

Palestinians hold banners depicting Islamic Jihad commander Taysir al-Jabari, who was killed in an Israeli air strike.

Photo: dpa via getty Images / ABBAS MOMANI

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Taysir al-Jabari in Gaza this evening, at the hands of a team from PalestineFrance Press agency.

The Zionist enemy started this aggression and they must expect us to fight relentlesslyThe Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Ziad Al-Nakhala, said in an interview with the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV, in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

There will be no red lines in this battle […] Tel Aviv and other Zionist cities will be targets for the resistance’s missiles. »

Quote from Ziad Al-Nakhala, Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad Movement

The raids on the Israeli-siege land, home to 2.3 million people, follow the arrest of the leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in the West Bank, Basem al-Saadi, on Monday.

Since then, the Israeli authorities have feared retaliatory attacks from Gaza, an enclave controlled by Hamas Islamists and where Islamic Jihad is taking root.

And the army deployed in the vicinity of reinforcements, including tanks. Roads were closed and trains canceled.

To our enemies, and in particular to the leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Palestine, I would like to insist that your time is running out. »

Quote from Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister

In Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian presidency denounced Israeli aggression He held the Jewish state responsible for dangerous climbing.

Egyptian mediation

Meanwhile, Egypt is trying to mediate to calm tensions.

An Egyptian security source toldFrance Press agency Cairo’s mediation efforts have been underway since Friday. We hope to reach consensus on the return of calm as soon as possible.The source said.

And the Israeli army spokesman, Richard Hecht, had earlier referred to the Egyptian mediation when he told reporters about the bombing, without going into details.

For his part, an Egyptian source said that a delegation from the Islamic Jihad Movement may go to Cairo tomorrow, Saturday. Hamas was also present during the talks with Egypt.

Its leader, Ismail Haniyeh, based in Doha, spoke with Egyptian intelligence services About violence, according to a statement issued by Hamas.

Historically, Egypt is a major mediator between Israel and armed groups based in Gaza: last May, Egypt negotiated a ceasefire that ended an 11-day conflict.

Tight siege on Gaza

Since 2007, Israel has imposed a strict blockade on Gaza, a region plagued by poverty and unemployment.

The Israeli military on Tuesday ordered the closure of border crossings, forcing thousands of Gazans, who hold work permits in Israel, to stay in their homes. This closure has slowed the delivery of diesel needed to run the Gaza power plant.

On Thursday, its director indicated that this only power plant is at risk of shutting down due to fuel shortages.

According to the World Health Organization, the 50 people who leave the enclave every day for treatment are also affected (Who is the).

The latest Israeli strikes in Gaza targeted a Hamas position on July 19, after shooting from the Strip.

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