Israeli planes struck in Gaza and Palestinian terrorists fired rockets at Israeli towns on Saturday as fighting entered a second day, ending more than a year of relative calm along the border.
Israel said Friday it had launched a special operation against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, killing one of its senior commanders in a surprise daytime airstrike on a high-rise building in Gaza City.
Israeli strikes killed nine other Palestinians, including at least four Islamic Jihad terrorists and a child, and injured 79 people, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
In the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said it apprehended 19 Islamic Jihad terrorists in night raids.
Palestinian terrorists fired at least 160 rockets over the border, according to the military, some deep into Israel towards the commercial center of Tel Aviv. Most of the missiles were intercepted and a few people were lightly injured while running for cover.
Egypt, the United Nations and Qatar had begun negotiating to end the violence, according to a Palestinian official familiar with the efforts, “but no breakthrough yet”, the official said.
A Western-backed Palestinian Authority official condemned Israel’s attacks.
“We call on the international community to intervene and ensure the protection of our people,” Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said on Twitter.
Further escalation would largely depend on Hamas, the Islamic terror group that controls Gaza, and whether it chooses to join the fight.
Tensions rose this week after Israeli forces arrested an Islamic Jihad commander in the West Bank, prompting threats of reprisals from the group.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said Friday’s strikes thwarted an immediate and concrete attack by Islamic Jihad.
The border has been largely quiet since May 2021, when 11 days of fierce fighting between Israel and terrorists left at least 250 dead in Gaza and 13 in Israel.
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