Israeli air strikes in Gaza 12 Palestinians martyred Including Three Islamic Jihad Leaders:
In the Palestinian territories of Gaza City, Israel conducted pre-dawn airstrikes targeting the Islamic Jihad group on Tuesday. The Israeli military reported the operation, while the health ministry of Gaza, controlled by Hamas, stated that 12 individuals killed. Among the casualties, the ministry mentioned that women and children included, although further details about the victims’ identities not provided.
Witnesses in Gaza observed a building engulfed in flames and witnessed the rapid evacuation of injured individuals. The Israeli army asserted that the operation specifically targeted three leaders of the Islamic Jihad, whom they classify as members of a terrorist organization.
The Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of three senior officials, identifying them as Jihad Ghannam, the secretary of the Al-Quds Brigades military council; Khalil al-Bahtini, also a member of the council and commander of the military wing in northern Gaza; and Tareq Ezzedine, described as one of the heads of military action in the occupied West Bank operating from Gaza.
The lifeless body of a man believed to be Ghannam seen in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza Strip. The Islamic Jihad released a statement mourning the loss of their leaders, their wives, and some of their children, calling it a “cowardly Zionist crime” and vowing that the movement’s resolve would be strengthen by the blood of the martyrs.
The airstrikes, which began shortly after 2 am, were still ongoing nearly two hours later, according to AFP journalists, who reported hearing a new explosion in the east.
This operation took place less than a week after Islamic Jihad announced a ceasefire in Gaza, brokered with the assistance of Egypt, following an escalation in violence. Prior to the ceasefire, Israel and Gaza militants exchanged cross-border fire after the death of Khader Adnan, who had been on an 87-day hunger strike while in Israeli detention due to his alleged ties to the Islamic Jihad.
The Islamic Jihad accused Israel of disregarding mediation efforts and pledged to seek vengeance for the slain leaders in the recent airstrikes.