- Israel’s Killing of Top Palestinian Militant a ‘Reckless Action’ That Could Push Gaza ‘To The Brink of War,’ Foreign Relations Expert Warns
by DAVID BRENNAN, https://www.newsweek.com/
The Gaza Strip and southern Israel were rocked by missile and rocket strikes on Tuesday, marking a high point in recent tensions and raising fears the hostilities could erupt into a wider military confrontation. Three people have been killed in Gaza so far on Tuesday morning, and several houses and roads in Israel have been hit, with no casualties been reported.
The violence flared up with an Israeli missile attack that killed Baha Abu Al-Atta, a top commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza City. The Israel Defense Forces said Atta was planning an imminent terrorist attack with Iranian backing, The Times of Israel reported. Atta’s wife was also killed in the attack.
Around the same time, Israel targeted Islamic Jihad official Akram Al-Ajouri in the Syrian capital Damascus. Reuters reported that two people are thought to have been killed, including one of Ajouri’s sons. Ajouri is believed to have survived.
The relatively rare targeted strikes prompted a barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel. Air raid alarms sounded all over the region as far away as Tel Aviv, warning of potential incoming fire, as Israeli fighter jets hit numerous locations in Gaza. Schools across southern and central Israel were closed while Israel’s home-front command advised civilians not to go to work and stay home unless it was vital.
Public shelters were also opened as the Iron Dome defensive system fired intercepting missiles towards the incoming rockets.