Israel releases video of deadly Gaza strike — Analysis
Taysir Al-Jabari, commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was killed in an airstrike.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF), has released footage of the airstrike in which Taysir al Jabari, commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, was killed. The attack took place in Taysir’s Gaza apartment. According to Palestinian sources, the attack left more than 40 people injured and eight other victims.
A surveillance drone captured footage of the Israeli missile striking the apartment block. The explosions caused by the impact created a 2-storey hole and split the building into three.
The IDF confirmed shortly afterwards that the strike killed al-Jabari, who took over as commanding officer of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s (PIJ) Gaza Division after his predecessor, Baha Abu al-Ata, was assassinated in an Israeli airstrike in 2019.
Between ten and 20 PIJ terrorists were also targeted in the Israeli operation, dubbed ‘Breaking Dawn’ by the IDF. Members of the aforementioned PIJ terrorist group were among those who died. “terrorist squad”Who was it? “on their way to carry out an anti-tank missile and sniper attack,”The Israeli military asserted.
The IDF released a separate video shortly after that showing a strike against a PIJ observation point, possibly with artillery.
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Palestinian officials claimed that al Jabari and at least seven others died during the strike. A five-year old girl was also killed. More than forty were wounded.
Friday’s operation came after Israeli officials warned for days of an impending PIJ attack from Gaza. The militant organization placed its fighters on high alert earlier this week after Israeli forces arrested the group’s West Bank leader, Bassem Saadi, in the city of Jenin on Monday. A Palestinian teenager was killed in the raid on Saadi’s home, triggering outcry across the Palestinian territories.
Israel had blocked Gazan roads from entering and leaving Gaza in the days before Operation Breaking Dawn. A state of emergency was also declared by the military within 80km (50 miles), of its border with the Palestinian Enclave.
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