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VIDEO, PHOTOS: IDF ready for ‘Operation Week’ as rockets rain down on Israel from Gaza

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The Israeli military on Friday announced Operation Breaking Dawn to launch airstrikes against dozens of Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. Israel not only destroyed his PIJ’s infrastructure, such as weapons storage and rocket launchers, but also eliminated the Islamic Jihad commander.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are gearing up for a “week-long operation” after more than 160 rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip since the Israeli army was launched on Friday. Operation Breaking Dawn in a Palestinian enclave.

According to the IDF, the Iron Dome missile defense system has demonstrated a 95% success rate in intercepting projectiles fired at Israeli cities by Gaza-based militants. Military spokesman Ran Kochab told reporters that about 30 of the rockets launched from Gaza failed to reach Israel and landed inside the Strip.

The IDF stressed that negotiations to end the violence are not currently underway.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Friday night insisted Israel had no interest in a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip, but said it was “not afraid of it either.” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said: Licensed The call-up of 25,000 reservists shows readiness for full-scale escalation.

“The goal of this operation is to eliminate a specific threat to Israeli civilians and civilians bordering the Gaza Strip, and to target terrorists and their supporters,” Rapid and Gantz said in a joint statement. rice field.

“The Israeli government will not allow Gaza terrorist organizations to set agendas and threaten Israeli citizens in areas bordering Gaza. Anyone who seeks to harm Israel should know We’ll find you,” Rapid said.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued a statement at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 27, 2020. - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.08.2022

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Israeli Air Force jets, armed drones, helicopters and tanks carried out more than 40 attacks, hitting dozens of targets in Gaza, including bases, weapons depots, rocket launchers, operative buildings and observation posts. attacked.

At least nine people, including a five-year-old girl, were killed in the Israeli attack, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The fighting began with Israel targeting Taisir Jabari, a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Palestine who was confirmed dead by the group.

“Taysir Jabari is not the final target of the Islamic Jihad in Palestine,” said Kochaf, and the shootout continued all night.

The Israeli military said Friday’s airstrikes in Gaza killed an estimated 15 enemy combatants, but on Saturday morning Israeli forces arrested 19 operatives “affiliated” with the PIJ during a West Bank raid. did.

Israel is said to have warned Hamas, the militant group that controls the area, not to get involved in the fighting.

Hamas, meanwhile, has already issued a statement, saying Israel is responsible for the escalation, adding that Israel has “committed a new crime for which it must pay”.

Hamas has fought four wars with Israel since it took control of Gaza in 2007, including the conflict in May 2021. Islamic Jihad is another group affiliated with Hamas but operates independently.

The operation comes four days after Israel closed two border crossings with Gaza and restricted the movement of Israeli civilians living near the border, citing security concerns. The closure came after two senior members of his PIJ were arrested in the West Bank. Islamic Jihad has vowed revenge, and Israeli forces have put up high alert along the border.



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