February 5, 2023

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Israel says it has neutralized Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders in Gaza

The Israeli army promised on Saturday August 6 “neutralized” Leaders “Army” Twenty-nine people, including six children, were killed in Gaza by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Group (JIP), according to Palestinian enclave officials. According to an updated report, 215 people have been injured, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.

In the evening, Oded Basiok, head of the Israeli army’s operations directorate, sent a press release to Agence France-Presse (AFP) in which he confirmed. “Top leadership of Islamic Jihad’s military wing in Gaza neutralized”. Twenty members of the PIJ were arrested overnight by Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank, the army added on Sunday.

“The War Is Just Beginning”, the head of this armed group, Mohammed al-Hindi, said earlier. PIJ said on Sunday that it had fired rockets at Jerusalem for the first time since the start of the war. Warning sirens sounded “in the region around Jerusalem”, the Israeli military said without further details. On Saturday afternoon, warning sirens were already sounding in the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv.

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Israel contradicts the statement given by Palestinian authorities and asserts that several Palestinian children were killed by PIJ’s missed rocket attack in Jabalia (North) on Saturday evening. ‘Israel security forces have not attacked Jabalia in recent hours’Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office said in a statement.

The Israeli army announced on Saturday that it was preparing “one week” He said the attacks on Gaza targeted the PIJ and killed fifteen militants Commander-in-Chief Taysir al-Jabari.

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Egypt as a potential mediator

The new conflict, which began on Friday, is the worst between Israel and armed groups since the May 2021 war, which killed 260 people, including militants on the Palestinian side, and fourteen in Israel in eleven days. According to local authorities, including a soldier.

Egyptian sources told AFP that Cairo, a historic mediator between Israel and armed groups in Gaza, was trying to establish a mediation. During a speech, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi confirmed that he was working. “without getting bored” To restore peace. On the ground, however, shooting continued overnight from Saturday into Sunday, AFP journalists in Gaza said. Israel did not lead “There are no ceasefire talks at this time”An Israeli military spokesman said.

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The Israeli army began an assault on the besieged enclave of 2.3 million people on Friday. “Preemptive Strike” Against PIJ, he said. In response, an Israeli official said about four hundred missiles — rockets and mortar shells — were fired from Gaza in the past 24 hours. Most were intercepted by missile shields, the military said, and rescuers said two suffered minor injuries from shrapnel.

A closed power plant

Hostilities have already stripped Gaza, a small strip of land wedged between Egypt, the Mediterranean Sea and Israel, of its only power station. she “Stopped [de fonctionner] due to scarcity” The Fuel and Power Corporation said on Saturday. Israel has sealed off border crossings in recent days, effectively cutting off diesel supplies. Lynn Hastings, the UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, called for the enclave to be allowed to enter. “Fuel, Food and Medical Products”.

The arrest of a PIJ leader in the West Bank earlier this week led to the new conflict. Fearing retaliation, Israeli officials announced the launch of an operation in Gaza, a micro-territory administered by the Islamist movement Hamas and where the PIJ was well established.

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Israeli forces also arrested nineteen members of a group considered terrorists by Israel, the United States and the European Union in the West Bank, a territory occupied by Israel since 1967. After the first tests, the PIJ blamed Israel “The War Has Begun”.

For Yaïr Lapid, it was a “Precise Counter-Terrorism Action Against Immediate Threat”of JIP, “Party of Iran” like “Killing Innocent Israelis”. In 2019, the death of a PIJ commander in an Israeli operation had already led to several days of fierce firefights. Hamas, which has fought four wars with Israel since taking power in 2007, has kept its distance.

The world with AFP