The Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip raised 15 the number of Palestinians killed in the framework of the escalation of violence between Israel and Islamic Jihadand specified one of the last deceased was a 62-year-old woman.
Health also reported that more than 125 people were injured in Gazaafter a new wave of Israeli bombardments on what the Army described as targets of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
The Islamist group has so far identified four of the deceased as membersincluding Taysir al Jabari, number two in the organization and leader of its armed wing in central and northern the fringe.
Among the fatalities there is also a five-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman..
On the Israeli side, no deaths have yet been reported and at least 10 people have been injured. Of that number, two were soldiers injured by the impact of a rocket fired from Gaza towards one of the border towns and the rest were civilians who had to be hospitalized after being injured while running to bomb shelters.
As for the damage caused by the attacks, the Islamist movement Hamas, which de facto controls the Gaza Strip, pointed out that some 650 structures were destroyed. In Israel, so far only registered a rocket hit a house in the city of Sderot, since the vast majority of the more than 200 projectiles launched were intercepted or fell in unpopulated areas.
The current spike in tension began this Friday with a strong Israeli “preemptive” offensive on Jihad targets in Gaza in the face of what the Army described as an “imminent threat” of attack by the group in retaliation after the arrest on Monday of one of their leaders during a raid in the occupied West Bank.
Israel he believes that Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s ties to Iran make the group a satellite of Tehran, which is seen by the Jewish state as an existential threat.
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