- Islamic Jihad Declares ‘We’re Going to War,’ After IDF Kills Its Strongman
by ADAM RASGON and JACOB MAGID, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
Speaking at funeral for Baha Abu al-Ata, Hamas says ‘your blood is our blood’; PIJ mobilizing fighters to hit back at Israel; PLO official condemns Jerusalem
Palestinian Islamic Jihad declared Tuesday that it was preparing for war with Israel after the IDF carried out a dawn assassination of one of the terror group’s senior leaders in the northern Gaza Strip.
“These terrorist crimes are aggression and a declaration of war on the Palestinian people, and the enemy bears responsibility for them,” PIJ said in a statement following Israel’s targeted killing of Baha Abu al-Ata.
“The Al-Quds Brigades [PIJ’s military wing] and the valiant resistance, which announced a mobilization [of its fighters] and started to hit back against this aggression and terrorism, will continue to forcefully and courageously defend the dignity of the Palestinian people,” it said.
According to the Al-Quds Brigades, Abu al-Ata, 42, was “one of the most prominent members of its military council and the commander of the northern part of the [Gaza Strip].”