Israel strikes on Gaza kill 12 people, including 9 civilians

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AMMAN — At least 12 people have been killed in Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip including civilians and children. اضافة اعلان

The raid was targeting members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, according to the Israeli military. 

According to Palestinian Ministry of Health, 12 people were killed in the Gaza Strip, and at least 20 others were injured in the Israeli air attacks.

Explosions targeting residential apartments were heard at about 2am local time on Tuesday in different parts of Gaza, Al Jazeera reported.

“From these 12, three of them are Islamic Jihad commanders while the nine others are civilians – mostly families of these commanders, and also civilians around the apartments that were targeted,” Al Jazeera’s Youmna El Sayed, said. 

The 20 injured people were also civilians, she added.

Islamic Jihad leaders among those killedThe Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement announced that three of its leaders were killed in the air attacks. The deceased were identified as Jihad al-Ghannam, Khalil al-Bahtini, and Tariq Izz al-Deen.

The three were killed along with their wives and several children, the group said in a statement which did not give details on their wives or how many children were killed and their ages.

Witnesses said an explosion hit the top floor of an apartment building in Gaza City and a house in the southern city of Rafah, Reuters reported.

Continued Israeli strikes
Israel said the air attacks, codenamed “Operation Shield and Arrow”, targeted three Palestinian Islamic Jihad members who it claimed were responsible for recent rockets fired towards Israel.

Last week, Israeli missiles also struck the Gaza Strip following rockets fired towards Israeli territory in the aftermath of the death in an Israeli prison of well-known Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan.

Adnan, an activist affiliated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, died after nearly three months on hunger strike. Protesting against his arrest without charge, Adnan had refused to eat for 87 days, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

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